When he's not acting/singing/writing/going to grad school/directing/whatever else he does in his apparently immense spare time, James Franco is writing poetry. For some reason, Yahoo! News wasn't repelled by the thought of this, so in honor of today's presidential inauguration, they asked Franco to pen a poem about President Obama. He did, and it's weird - but we're quickly learning not to be surprised about that when it comes to anything James Franco does. An excerpt, to begin with:

[...] I’m not up there, but Obama is. I was asked to write something
For the inauguration of his second term, but what could I write?
I was in Asheville, studying writing, but not the political sort;
I write confessions and characters, and that sort of thing.

I wrote my friend Frank about what I could do, but he was unresponsive.
I went to class and then the little burrito place where they know me,
And finally at night I got Frank’s email on my phone and pulled over
On the side of Warren Wilson Road, past the school barn with the WWC --

That I couldn’t see in the dark -- right before the school entrance;
A little spot where there’s a path that leads to a lake called Snake Lake.
First I called my class at UCLA, and told them to watch Apocalypse Now,
And that it used Heart of Darkness as a model, and that we’d watch

Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness, the making-of, the following week.
Then I read Frank’s note. He said he was sleeping twenty hours a day,
With no symptoms except that he desired sleep
And just a little more sleep. He’s in his seventies.

You can watch Franco recite the poem above and read the full text here. Yahoo! News also commissioned poems from Pulitzer Prize winners James Tate and Paul Mundoon, Japanese-American poet Brenda Shaughnessy, and author Kevin Young.

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[via Yahoo! News]