Pay Attention !!!
This poem is accessible, balls-out fun- poetry for people who fear poetry. Fast and funny, like the best of Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch, 'Pay Attention' will make you laugh out loud. Until you realize you're laughing at yourself and everyone you know. You might start crying, but you'll be glad you did. Honest and original. David Franks makes poetry lovers of us all. David Franks is one of the very few of my contemporaries who Continues to amaze... -- Andrei Codrescu, NPR Short Bio David Franks makes poems on the page, composes with music & text, Writes songs & occasionally creates installations. His poetry appears In the anthologies, 'American Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century', Four Walls), 'An Exquisite Corpse Reader', (Black Sparrow) -- both edited by Andrei Codrescu & Laura Rosenthal -- as well as 'Another World', (Bobbs-Merrill) edited by Anne Waldman & others. His musical/text work is available as 'Musical Words', (Pyramid Atlantic), 'Pay Attention !!!' & 'Whistling in the Dark!' & 'Love is Making Me Sick! w/ Betsy Boyd through CD Baby or Bird House Studios. Franks has had residencies at Berkeley, Maryland Institute College of Art, among others. For now, he lives in Baltimore & may be reached directly at -- firstname.lastname@example.org.