James Franco gives shout-out to Cambridge poet


Boston’s own Frank Bidart, the poet who won the 2013 National Books Critics Circle Award for “Metaphysical Dog,” got a recent shout-out from actor James Franco on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’’ Franco, who is about to open on Broadway in “Of Mice and Men,” told Fallon that he has a master’s degree in poetry from Warren Wilson College, which is in Asheville, N.C. He and Bidart became friends when they collaborated on Franco’s short film, “Herbert White,” based on Bidart’s poem of the same name, which is a monologue told from the viewpoint of a serial killer. Franco also has a new book of poetry, “Directing Herbert White.” The title poem is about the film based on Bidart’s poem. Bidart, who grew up in California, came to Harvard where he was a student and friend of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. He’s been teaching at Wellesley College since 1972 and also teaches at Brandeis University. He lives in Cambridge.

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