The actor annotated a selection of poems to mark National Poetry Month
Bill Murray has edited the poetry section of April’s issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine.
The actor chose a number of his favourite verses for the magazine to mark National Poetry Month, offering brief asides on works by Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, Thomas Lux and Naomi Shihab Nye.
Leigh Haber, O’s books editor, reached out to Murray after discovering that he was a longtime supporter of Poets House, a literary center based in Manhattan. Murray previously read works Emily Dickinson and others to a gathering of construction workers at the centre.
Haber told The Associated Press that Murray responded to her request two months later, on deadline day.
As he doesn’t use emails or fax machines, Murray suggested a meeting at his room in the Carlyle Hotel,
“It was so funny. He had scraps of paper on which he’d scribbled notes and Xeroxes of poems. His love of poetry was obvious from how much pleasure he took in reading the poems aloud to us,” said Haber.
According to Haber, Murray served martinis after reciting his selection of poems.
Among the ‘Groundhog Day’ star’s picks is Lux’s romantic ode ‘I Love You Sweatheart’, of which he said, “This poem vibrates the insides of my ribs, where the meat is most tender.”
Meanwhile, the director of the new Ghostbusters film, Paul Feig, has revealed that original ‘buster Bill Murray is to make a cameo appearance in the forthcoming reboot.