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The Artistry of James Franco Speaks for All of Us

James Franco’s poem about the second inauguration of President Barack Obama is what all of us—any of us—would say, were we given so delicate and subtle a muse as Mr. Franco, or the skill to wield a pen with such wit and wisdom. It’s not a short poem, and you can read the whole thing here. But this excerpt ought to be enough to convince you of its universal sentiment:

>Then we waited in a private room with the likes of Tom Cruise,
>And Katie Holmes, and Claire Danes. When Obama entered
>The crowd converged. Finally, I got to shake his hand,
>He knew me from Spider-Man. I asked him for advice,
>I was scheduled to give the commencement speech at UCLA
>And there were some undergraduate knockers against me;
>He had been denied the usual honorary degree by Arizona State.

Powerful stuff. Compelling thoughts. The voice of a generation. Thank you for saying what everybody’s thinking, Mr. Franco …

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