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April 11, 2012

Poetry out loud from Paul Muldoon and Bill Murray

In honor of National Poetry Month, a pair of FSG's wonderful interns—Angela, a contributor to this blog, and Aurora—have been helping us procure examples of verse on video.

Today's first clip is a heartwarmer featuring actor and comedian Bill Murray reading to construction workers finishing the Poets House back in 2009. "I agree with the top comment," Angela writes. "If this weren't on video, no one would believe it!"

  

In this second clip, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (and poetry editor for The New Yorker) Paul Muldoon reads "A Hummingbird," a selection from his collection published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2010. As Muldoon explains, in his delightfully rich Northern Irish accent, the poem is based on snatches of conversation overheard at a garden party.

 

 

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