James Franco's Inauguration Poem

James Franco's Inauguration Poem
Famed Actor Pens Obama in Asheville Poem.


James Franco is best known for his big screen performances in blockbusters like Spider Man, Eat Pray Love and 127 Hours, but most probably aren't aware that he is also an author of poetry books and short stories. 

Franco is currently a student at Warren Wilson College, located just outside of Asheville. Yahoo! News asked Franco to submit a poem in honor of yesterday's Presidential Inauguration. Here's a snippet:

Obama in Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina, is the birthplace of Thomas
Wolfe and the sometime residence of F. Scott Fitzgerald
When he visited Zelda at her institution;
He stayed at the Grove Park Inn, a grand stone edifice.

On the phone once, Cormac McCarthy lamented
The two added wings and the spa, and marveled
At the original structure, They pulled the stones
From the mountains and brought them down on mules.

Soon after his fortieth birthday, Fitzgerald attempted suicide
Here, but couldn’t shoot his own head, drunk, I guess.
Later, after he was actually dead, from alcohol,
Zelda perished in a fire at her institution, one of nine.
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Asheville is the place where the Black Mountain College once stood
And helped birth Rauschenberg, Twombly and Johns,
Cage and Cunningham; now I think it’s a Young Men’s Christian Association.
On the wall of the Grove Park, they have pictures of the famous guests;

For the full poem and to watch Franco read it our loud, click here.

Learn more about Obama's visit to Asheville with this Presidential Itinerary.


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