James Franco's poems: hard to forgive
- The Telegraph
James Franco's first collection of poetry includes an ode to Heath Ledger and a poem in the voice of Lindsay Lohan
Several of Franco's poems have titles from songs by The Smiths: "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"; "Please Please Please"; "Girlfriend in a Coma". This makes sense. If there's one person with whom the performance-art persona of a tortured intellectual celebrity would identify, it's Morrissey.
One of the Smiths poems, "Ask", recalls an ungainly sexual memory: "Love came – like viscosity filling a tube – / And you killed it with a bunch of thrusts." That violent ugliness feels like a reverberation from an earlier poem in the book, "Marlon Brando": "We want our poetic selves / Destroyed by handsome brutes / In