How to Read a Poem

First, get an audience.
That’s the most important
Thing. Someone to fucking
Read to.

Then pick a poem.
Any poem.
And read it.

Look down at your book
The whole time.
Fuck the audience.
You don’t owe them anything.

Make sure to take a
nice
long

Pause at the end of each
Line.
That’s how real poets
Read.

Do it like Shatner.

When you’re done,
Just leave.
No questions.
No autographs.

And they’ll all applaud
Because they got to see James
Fucking Franco
Read a poem.

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