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James Franco Brings Poetry to the Movies

By March 1, 2011

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This time last year, the Poetry Foundation Web site celebrated the Academy Awards by putting together a mini-anthology of classic and contemporary poems about the movies, “The Soul That Grows in Darkness.” This year’s Oscar-time posting at the Poetry Foundation is an interview with James Franco, a bona-fide “poetry geek”—he starred as Allen Ginsberg in Howl – The Movie, he wrote and directed three short indie films based on contemporary poems, he is currently studying poetry in the Ph.D. program at Yale, and he is also writing, directing and starring in a feature film biography of Hart Crane, The Broken Tower. Franco has selected and written comments about some of his favorite poems for New York Magazine, and last fall he published Palo Alto, a book of short stories (one of which appeared in Esquire magazine, “Just Before the Black”)—but we’ve never seen any poems written by him, so we won’t label him a poet just yet. Would you send us a poem for our library, Mr. Franco?

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