Choosing Subjects

I’ve often felt like this:

As Matthew is writing this, there are child soldiers fighting wars in faraway places. There are places where food is not available 24 hours a day to order through a jumbo speaker, giant-sized with a plastic toy. There are places where genocide and genital mutilation aren’t just words.

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Matthew could have written about any of these things, but instead he chose to write about James Franco.

Directing James Franco, by Matthew Burnside.

The poem is a response to Franco’s Directing Herbert White, which to me seems interesting as a documentary but not so much as a poem.

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2 Comments

    1. Franco is a great actor and a director, but he’s also studied poetry and has published one book of poems. Burnside is a poet and short story writer. I believe he’s just graduated or is about to graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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