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Monday, October 6, 2008

Sam Waterston Honors Lincoln With Poetry

Voice of America has an interesting article about some poets and actors who are helping to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s life by reading his poetry. An event sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, celebrated Lincoln's poetic side on September 22 in Washington DC. Sam Waterston (Law & Order), who has played and voiced Lincoln many times, read a poem by Walt Whitman.

Here’s what that VOA had to say about the subject:

Academy Award-nominee Sam Waterston read the poem for the Washington audience. He is best known today for his portrayal of Jack McCoy in the dramatic TV series "Law and Order." But Waterston has often portrayed Lincoln.

"He is such a fascinating figure," Waterston says, "such a great mind, such an unbelievably gifted speaker. I really defy anybody to not be drawn in."

You can also listen to excerpts from the reading, including Sam’s, here.

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