Vanessa Place: As James Franco knows

AS JAMES FRANCO KNOWS

As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I can create whatever I want, because
all you really have to do is express
what you feel
emotionally and physically
and how this affects
the world around you
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I am singing a song without a tune
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like a Nietzschean “backworldsman”
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I talked to him yesterday
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like projectile vomiting and killing
squirrels with spoons
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I have to be a big girl and use
my fully grown up words;
it’s intimidating for me
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I am being unaccepted
by not being willing
to lovingly embrace words
like “soul” and
“spirit”
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like dancing with the moon’s shadow.
I love it so much when concepts
converge like that.
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I have to cram a whole lot of
smart info in a few lines
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I’m 10 again
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like a 12 year old
and it’s shit
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I have ADHD, but again,
so does my weird cousin
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I am physically and emotionally
with him experiencing all these
astonishing sensual feelings
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like experiencing
flying
but
flying
does not make me feel like
experiencing poetry
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I’ve been hit upside the head
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like my guilt is gone
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like an idiot,
desperately trying
to intellectualize
for seemingly
no reason or
bare any good measure
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I barely know English
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like a Honda Civic
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like
a witness
to human events
that are important
and real, no matter how
“small” they may be, As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I’m in another world,
but this world has no
cruelty, pollution, abuse, war and all the terrible things
In the world now
As James Franco knows,
Poetry makes me feel
like I can write poetry
and then
I realize that
I suck at writing and I go
play with my guinea pigs
As James FrancoPoetry makes me
knows,feel
like Inever have
to writeanother
word

 

Vanessa Place is a writer, lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press.

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