Bill Murray is a lifelong lover of verse who’s been a supporter of New York City’s Poets House for more than 20 years.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, O Magazine asked Murray to share a few of his favorite poems.
The first poem Bill Murray selected was Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye.
1. From “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye
The river is famous to the fish.
The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so…
I want to be famous in the way
a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did
but because it never forgot
what it could do.
MURRAY: “It’s not the dream of being big, it’s the dream of being real. That’s what stands out to me.”
Head over to Oprah’s website for Bill Murray’s full list of poems.