Kristopher D. Taylor
Playlist · by Kristopher D. Taylor
2 episodes, 1 hour 25 mins
James Franco, “Directing Herbert White” (Graywolf Press, 2014)
Every poet has their obsessions and for James Franco they are childhood, gender, sex, innocence, and the work place he knows best: the film industry. Within these poetic frames we’re introduced to various voices, landscapes nearly worn out with elegy, and a repertoire of imagery that is both tender and violent. Franco is our poet of earnest grotesquerie, favoring clarity to vagueness as he depicts the bizarre zones of early experience that crash against poems of adulthood that occupy spaces most readers do not have access to: film and celebrity. However, Franco’s poems seem to argue that a kinship exists between the world of the adolescent and the world of a movie set. In his poems, we see the intersection of both and the distinctions between sincerity and artifice are blurred and complicated by a speaker who seems simultaneously anchored in both of these perceptual districts. In addition to Franco’s fidelity to the bramble of childhood memory and glittering industrial complex of...
Don Share, “Wishbone” (Black Sparrow, 2012)
Like great critics, the poetry of great editors is often overlooked, but I don’t see how this can be the case with Don Share, whose work is too good to be ignored. A brilliant combination of the public and private, meshed together by a dark intuitive music, his poems brawl in ways that will startle most readers. But isn’t that what we want from poetry: a language true enough to make us vulnerable. The poems in Wishbone are both brooding and sensitive and at times even funny, but perhaps most importantly, Share’s poems are humane. During our chat we talk about his formative years in Boston, his editorial partnership with Christian Wiman at Poetry Magazine, a poet’s identity, and so much more. I hope you enjoy our talk as much as I did. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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