Poetry News

Now on Video! Bill Murray at Poets House Brooklyn Bridge Walk

By Harriet Staff

As we mentioned the other day, wondrous comedian Bill Murray stopped by Poets House for their 16th Annual Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge, appearing with Eileen Myles, Terrance Hayes, Galway Kinnell, and Thomas Lux. Once they got to Bubby's for dinner, Murray read poems by Sarah Manguso, Billy Collins, and Cole Porter. As Coldfront reports:

There were special moments, she said, like when Kinnell read Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” on the bridge, and a nearby ferry nearly drowned out part of the poem with its horn. Whitman first published the poem in 1856; the bridge was completed in 1883.

Myles, Hayes, and Lux also read poems on the bridge, and again at the dinner portion of the event. Murray had two black eyes for the reading, the result of makeup left on after an afternoon of filming Wes Anderson’s new film Moonrise Kingdom.

“It was pointed out to me by my son that I was scaring the straight people in the room – you know who you are – because I was have two full black eyes which I was given in a scene I was doing today and I forgot to take them off before I came,” he said. “This didn’t happen underneath the bridge, so I want you to know it is all safe to walk across.”

Now there is video! Watch Bill Murray read below (video courtesy of Coldfront magazine).

Good work, Coldfront!

Originally Published: June 21st, 2011