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Directing Herbert White

(2014)
A collection of poems by

 
Directing Herbert White is the debut poetry collection by the actor, director, and writer James Franco

I'm a nocturnal creature,
And I'm here to cheat time.
You can see time and exhaustion
Taking pay from my face -

In fifty years
My sleep will be death,
I'll go like the rest,
But I'll have played

All the games and all the roles.
- from "Nocturnal"

"There's never been a book quite like this. Hollywood - fame, celebrity, the promise of becoming an artist - is the beast at its center. Franco knows it like Melville knows whaling. Hollywood in this book devours its young. Obsessed with myths about its own past, it can be survived only by finding a vantage point that is not Hollywood. Bold yet subtle, fearless yet disarming, Franco has made a book you will never forget." - Frank Bidart

"A star-studded cast moves like ghosts across the screen of James Franco's poetic consciousness, imbuing the writing with scenes of icons who are also humans replete with sorrow and presence in our own psyches. James Dean, Monica Vitti, Catherine Deneuve, Sal Mineo, Heath Ledger, pass and fade. The author has a wonderful, self-reflexive insouciance about his own fame and roles inhabited, from Hart Crane to Allen Ginsberg to Harvey Milk's lover. Franco is a gifted contemporary Renaissance kind of guy, surveying the waterfront of illusion, suffering, and impermanance. We leave the movie theater a little wiser." - Anne Waldman

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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Directing Herbert White
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 0-571-31437-6 / 978-0-571-31437-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Directing Herbert White: Poems
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 1-55597-673-5 / 978-1-55597-673-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Directing Herbert White
Author(s): James Franco
ISBN: 1-77089-457-8 / 978-1-77089-457-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Directing Herbert White
Author(s): James Franco
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Directing Herbert White
Author(s): James Franco
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Directing Herbert White: Poems
Author(s): James Franco
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   



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