Bill Murray, Emily Dickinson, and the Working Man

Or “men,” actually. Here we present a charming little video from a year ago in which Bill Murray interrupts the day of construction workers building Poets House in New York, to read them some poetry. I note that the only poem that got applause was an Emily Dickinson one; those construction workers are total softies, deep down!

via Galleycat

And here’s some info about Poet’s House:

Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture.

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Founded in 1985 by poet Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray,

Poets House has created a home for all who read and write poetry. From 1990 to 2007 that home was located in an intimate loft at 72 Spring Street in Soho. As rent increases began to make Soho an impractical location, Poets House was fortunate to be designated by the Battery Park City Authority as a rent-free tenant in a new building on the banks of the Hudson River. In the summer of 2009, Poets House moved to its permanent home at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City and opened to the public on September 25, 2009.

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