How many North American law firms would sponsor poetry readings in their offices, and have them attended by goodly numbers of practising lawyers.
I can’t think of any – but the City firms are developing quite a reputation for doing just that.
At Linklaters the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion introduced an evening devoted to Keith Douglas,
As one journalist (somewhat breathlessly) put it:
‘Suddenly poetry is running wild across City law firms as lawyers recognise that their stock in trade is also the raw material of sublime art. Next up then is [Poet in the City’s] super evening on Poetry and Identity… at the National Portrait Gallery [with] … dazzling word play from Lynton Kwesi Johnson, Billy Bragg and George Szirtes, winner of the 2004 TS Eliot prize… So at last, an alliance between the lawyers and the “unacknowledged legislators of mankind”. Long may it last.’
All of this has been covered in the German legal blogosphere, but you might have forgotten the link.