*Frank Exchange of Views

This poem was difficult. I was to take the name of a spaceship by a famous science-fiction writer and write a poem based on its name. I chose the spaceship “Frank Exchange of Views” and decided to try a prose poem made with quotes from famous people named Frank. This is my work in progress.

Frank Exchange of Views

(Dedicated to my cousin, Frank M. Koehler, since he’s the first “Frank” I ever paid attention to.)

–“Television is chewing gum for the eyes,”
Mr. Wright stated.

–“Before the first year, nobody gave it a chance.
Now, 36 years later, everybody knows
Monday Night Football,”
exclaimed Mr. Gifford .

–“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something,”
Mr. Capra proposed.

–“On what planet do you spend most of your time?”
Barney guffawed.

–“Many of us believe that excessive media coverage
ought to be addressed,”
he continued.

–“Without change something sleeps inside us
and seldom awakens,” added Mr. Herbert.

–“Television is chewing gum for the eyes,”
Mr. Wright repeated with insistance.

–“People want to see the car crash instead of the race,”
interjected Mr. Feranna

–“Eventually,I discovered it wasn’t how much
I laughed as what I laughed at that created a
sense of menace,”
Mr. Groshin declared.

–“Drama is when the audience cries,”
Mr. Capra extolled.

–(“Oh, how sweet it is to hear one’s convictions
from another’s lips,”)
thought Mr. Gifford.

–“It is a tribute to the First Amendment
that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is
so freely propagated,”
Barney stated.

–“Watch your actions; they become character,”
Mr. Outlaw warned.

–(I like him, but that’s because I have
no taste,”)
mused Mr. Sinatra.

* Quotes by: Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gifford, Barney Frank, Frank Herbert, Frank Gorshin, Nikki Sixx whose real first name is Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr, Frank Sinatra, Frank Outlaw


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