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Actor delivers zestful rendition of Lucille Clifton’s “What the Mirror Said,” one of his selections for “Favorite Poems” piece in ‘O’ Magazine

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Bill Murray contributed a list of his favorite poems to a piece for the April issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. The actor/bon vivant marked that occasion Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with a dramatic reading of Lucille Clifton’s “What the Mirror Said.” 

“Listen, you a wonder,” Murray reads in the clip, delivering the lines with zest. “You a city of a woman. You got a geography of your own. Listen, somebody need a map to understand you. Somebody need directions to move around you. Listen, woman: You not a no place, anonymous girl. Mister with his hands on you, he got his hands on some-damn-body.” 

Murray landed his poetry gig about after O‘s Books Editor Leigh Haber reached out through a mutual friend and left a voicemail. She didn’t hear back for two months, but Murray returned her call one day before deadline and coordinated an in-person poetry reading. The resulting piece features annotations from the actor; for “What the Mirror Said,” he wrote, “Everybody needs an ‘Attagirl!’ now and then.”

Clifton, a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, died in 2010. Murray previously read her poem at a December benefit for New York City’s Poets House. 


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