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James Franco continues to prove that he can do anything he puts his mind to. He’s an author, movie star, producer and director and now he’s testing his talents as a poet. Franco was commissioned to write his own poem for President Obama’s second inauguration.
Yahoo commissioned poems from several of the most well-known poets working today, including Pulitzer Prize winners, James Tate and Paul Muldoon. Japanese-American poet Brenda Shaughnessy and Kevin Young were also asked. To “add glamor,” as Yahoo put it, they asked Franco to contribute. He has a poetry book due out soon from Graywolf Press.
Franco, who is currently at the Sundance Film Festival, filmed himself reciting the poem in front of a bleak background. His poem is titled Obama in Asheville.
In it, Franco writes about meeting Obama at the Correspondents Dinner.
“He knew me from Spider-Man. I asked him for advice/I was scheduled to give the commencement speech at UCLA/And there were some undergraduate knockers against me,” Franco writes. “He had been denied the usual honorary degree by Arizona State.”
“Because he hadn’t accomplished enough, so I wondered/How he dealt with detractors. He smiled his smile and said/‘Humor.’ Well he’s damn right, and I wonder how much/That stand-up comedian is laughing in the face,” he continued.
You can listen to Franco’s poem here:
Richard Blanco was chosen as the official inaugural poet, reading “One Today,” notes ABC News. The 44-year-old poet wrote about the American experience.