Streep, Fey among readers at poetry gala

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 2:06 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — You won't often find a thousand people in evening dress attending a poetry reading. But the readers usually don't include Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Empty seats were rare Thursday night at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall for "Poetry & the Creative Mind," an all-star celebration presented by the Academy of American Poets.

Streep recited works on parenting by Sylvia Plath and Richard Wilbur, while Fey was at her comic best reading James Tate's "The List of Famous Hats." Stewart chose Carl Sandburg's "Jaws" and Edna St. Vincent Millay's "God's World."

Other guests ranged from Kevin Kline, who read a pair of Billy Collins poems, to Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding, who brought out her bass for a bluesy rendition of Langston Hughes' "Life is Fine."

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