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A Taste Of James Franco’s Inauguration Poem, “Obama In Asheville”

James Franco has written a poem to commemorate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. You should obviously read the whole thing, or don’t, what I meant to say is you should obviously do whatever you want. But here’s just a taste. You can never really take an artist’s work out of context, and you wouldn’t just put PART of a statue on display, but I think you do get a bit of a taste of what the bard is going for here:

I met Obama once, in D.C., the Correspondents’ Dinner.
I was the guest of Vanity Fair, guided through D.C. by the wife
Of Christopher Hitchens, when he was alive. We went to Hitch’s place,
He had books from floor to ceiling, and said he had read

To Borges, when he was blind, Old Icelandic Eddas—
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’m actually watching the inauguration live as we speak and thus far I don’t think Franco has read the poem to the Washington Mall yet, but I’m assuming he will soon. His words echo in the hearts of all Americans, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Claire Danes, and Spider-Man. Amen.