Directing Herbert White by James Franco

By James Franco

The debut poetry assortment through the actor, director, and author James Franco

I'm a nocturnal creature,
And I'm the following to cheat time.
You can see time and exhaustion
Taking pay from my face -

In fifty years
My sleep can be death,
I'll cross just like the rest,
But I'll have played

All the video games and all of the roles.
- from "Nocturnal"

"There's by no means been a ebook rather like this. Hollywood - reputation, famous person, the promise of turning into an artist - is the beast at its middle. Franco is aware it like Melville is familiar with whaling. Hollywood during this ebook devours its younger. keen about myths approximately its personal earlier, it may be survived purely via discovering a vantage aspect that isn't Hollywood. daring but sophisticated, fearless but disarming, Franco has made a publication you'll by no means forget." - Frank Bidart

"A star-studded forged strikes like ghosts around the display of James Franco's poetic awareness, imbuing the writing with scenes of icons who're additionally people replete with sorrow and presence in our personal psyches. James Dean, Monica Vitti, Catherine Deneuve, Sal Mineo, Heath Ledger, cross and fade. the writer has an excellent self-reflexive insouciance approximately his personal repute and roles inhabited, from Hart Crane to Allen Ginsberg to Harvey Milk's lover. Franco is a talented modern Renaissance form of man, surveying the waterfront of phantasm, ache, and impermanance. We go away the movie show a bit wiser." - Anne Waldman

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She is alone, but not alone. Her man is walking along the water’s edge, enjoying the topless beauties basking on the pier, their hard nipples bobbing in conversation with the sun. She remembers the eyes of men on her once plump breasts. It was not entirely unpleasant. But very tiring. Even then. The attendant in his white shorts and yellow cummerbund adjusts the awning overhead, brings her a pail of water to rinse her feet. And waits. 49 She nods and begins her end-of-day ablutions— cool water on her painted toes, gritty towel on her back, breeze picking up over the lagoon and the sand sinking to the pail bottom telling her it’s time.

What I need I take from dust, in the dark, on the sly. Do you hunger for solutions that do not exist? Do your appetites exceed your means? Come, find me along Rio Marin by the Zattere or beneath Ponte della Maddalena— Come, pick my ovoid leaves, grind them with a pestle, make of me a physic. Come! Eat me. Come! Believe my flimflam: Cure yourself with my self! 20 Grow resourceful. Become like me completely Venetian: cling to debris, favor ruin. 21 ii Crossing for Mrs. Sullivan Your death was for the best, they all agreed, for the best.

Come, find me along Rio Marin by the Zattere or beneath Ponte della Maddalena— Come, pick my ovoid leaves, grind them with a pestle, make of me a physic. Come! Eat me. Come! Believe my flimflam: Cure yourself with my self! 20 Grow resourceful. Become like me completely Venetian: cling to debris, favor ruin. 21 ii Crossing for Mrs. Sullivan Your death was for the best, they all agreed, for the best. In the photograph my plump parents raise a toast to the camera—china and crystal sparkling with the sequins adorning my mother’s bodice.

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