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  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555976735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555976736
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 0.7 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From acclaimed Hollywood actor/director James Franco comes a brilliant new work collection of poems. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Franco grew up in the northern California town of Palo Alto. He is an actor, director, screenwriter and artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man trilogy, Howl, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, and This Is The End. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance in 127 Hours.

On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks and won the Golden Globe award for his portrayal of James Dean in the bio-pic of the actor's life. He has written and directed the films, The Broken Tower and an adaptation of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

Franco has presented his visual art at galleries in America and Europe, including Psycho Nacirema at London's Pace Gallery. His writing has appeared in Esquire, the Wall Street Journal and McSweeney's. He has an MFA from Brooklyn College and has studied in the creative writing MFA programme at Columbia and the film MFA programme at New York University. and is completing a PHD at Yale University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a reader on 31 July 2014
Format: Paperback
If the objective of poetry is to produce emotion in the reader, can becoming angry when reading poetry mean the poetry is successful? In the context of this volume, no. This is a great volume for Franco fans to get a better understanding of Franco but let’s not call it what it clearly isn't. This is poetry in the loosest of words. It is as if Franco wrote what I have just done so and printed it as follows:

If the objective
of poetry is to
produce emotion in the reader,
can becoming angry
when reading poetry mean
the poetry is successful?
In the context of this volume,
no.
This
Is
poetry
in the loosest
of words.

It is not poetry. He has taken bad stories and formatted them into worse poems. The issue I feel that hinders this volume is determining the point where Franco the actor becomes Franco the poet. The two roles seem to be synonymous with each other and this may be a factor that interferes with the volume’s success (from a literary standpoint). This will be my reasoning for referencing various points of cinematic culture in the process of this review to align this review with the tone of the volume.

There are few redeeming qualities in this volume, but 'My Place', 'Utah' and 'Hart Crane’s Tomb' are passable. Not since 'Top Gun' has there been so many homo-erotic undertones to a work, this in itself is no issue but it is delivered in such a way as to force the reader to re-read, not in shock, but simple bewilderment as to Franco’s reasoning for selecting these words other than for shock value; this spills over into homophobic remarks at various points in the volume.
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By Elodie on 20 July 2014
Format: Paperback
I am frankly amazed that Faber & Faber have chosen to publish this rubbish. These days celebrity clearly trumps talent as far as Faber is concerned. I know for a fact that they have turned down some really good poets recently.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
reviewing Directing Herbert White: Poems 2 May 2014
By Vanessa Cantero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed these poems. Actor James Franco give insight into his life and the life of Hollywood! Must read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting 19 April 2014
By Melissa Tourville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to expect from James Franco. But I enjoyed this book and I am definitely going to read some of his other books.
20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I was surprised I liked it. 24 Mar 2014
By A.Settle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Of course I think of James Franco in Spider -Man, Oz the Great and Powerful and SNL and part of me was reluctant to give him any credit as a poet and a writer. I bought his book out of curiosity and found myself reading poem after poem until I had digested them all. I like his free form modernistic style, his honesty and blunt wording. He reveals himself without inhibition and leaves the reader with his essence. I sincerely enjoyed it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worth your while 10 Aug 2014
By Julie Ieraci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I dont get why everybody is bagging on this book, its actually quite good. The style is strange, but the words and the images the poems paint in your head are fantastic. The poetry is raw and really evokes emotion and ideas. An example of this is an excerpt from the first poem: Because

Because I played a knight
Because I was handsome,

This was the life I made for myself.

Years later, I decided to look at what I made,
And I watched myself in all the old movies, and I hated the guy I saw

Because he was the one who stayed after I died.

I highly recommend reading the full poem and the book as well.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
like sand in the hourglass, these are the days of our lives. 5 May 2014
By Pat Mustard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Fast,

by Pat Mustard imitating the style of James Franco.

Someone once told you
to slow down
But it wasn't you,
Maybe if you weren't so fast
at learning your craft,
Maybe if you weren't so fast
at honing your skills
Maybe if you weren't so furious
at your inability to slow down
Maybe if you were a little slower
you would still be here,
but
then again maybe living slower
wasn't living at all.
Paul Walker
you fast honest bastard.
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