Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers. Captures the vitality and diversity of contemporary poetry at America’s largest poetry festival. Almost two dozen poets share. A Celebration of Poets and Their CraftColeman BarksLorna Dee CervantesMark DotyDeborah GarrisonJane HirshfieldStanley Kunitz Kurtis LamkinShirley. Part I: FOOLING WITH WORDS. The act of making a poem requires that somebody’s listening,” says poet Mark Doty. And listen they do. More than 12, .

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Apr 20, Richard rated it really liked it. Sure, all of the latter poems have a deeper layer concerning the former subjects, but the latter poems also tell a story and the latter poems are not afraid to be subtle or even a little commonplace.

Some interviews are better than others, just as some poems are better than others. While I didn’t connect I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading more poetry but doesn’t know where to begin.

Wary that it might be little more than a souvenir targeting those who have attended the Dodge Poetry Festival, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a real gem in its own right. Includes eexamples form each of the poets. Trivia About Fooling with Word The word “gloria” does not appear in the Hallelujah Chorus. But what I am most grateful for is getting to know Robert Pinsky.

It is an attempt to bring poetry closer to the average joe. May 12, Jenny rated it liked it. The book may be the least fun of the three, which is something I rarely say about books.


Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

Feb 22, Michelle rated it really liked it. Jul 30, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: More than one poet in the book compared the art to jazz, which I liked – anyone can improvise on a saxophone, but you have to learn to play before you can start making things up that are beautiful and meaningful.

I am about halfway through “The Language of Life. Moyers had an extensive involvement wotds public television, producing documentaries and news journal programs.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

Cervantes, Hirshfield, and Lim were welcome discoveries. To ask other readers questions about Fooling with Wordsplease sign up.

This book was useful as a conversational introduction to numerous modern poets, but I found that I enjoyed the poetry of only a few of these. Not sorry I read it, some of it was interesting, and if you want to read it, I wouldn’t discourage you.

He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years. A collection of poets and poetry with interviews and commentary by Moyers. One poet, Jane Hirshfield, was asked about her religion.

Not too highbrow, and Moyers allows authors to speak. On love, on grief, on every human thing, Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his wing. I love anything Bill Moyers does with regard to poetry. Aug 05, Penny rated it it was amazing.

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Nov 20, Marsha marked it as to-read Shelves: Then he allows them to provide samples of his and their favorite poems. I love Bill Moyers and I love poetry.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

Reading poetry spoke to me, I felt the words. It was illuminating and enjoyable.

I wish I had a photographic memory so that I could mentally browse through it at will. Moyers interviews poets who talk about their work and life.

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I have had the grace to meet most of these wonderful poets and recently went to BI where Coleman Barks and Foolinh Collins read and were delightful. A fabulous book where Moyers interviews several poets who are at the Dodge Festival and speaks with them about their craft.

And I think this was accomplished. While I didn’t connect with all the poems included, I loved that each poet talked about the meaning of their poems, why they chose to become poets, what inspires them, and their approach to the craft.

Jun 17, Brandon rated it really liked it Shelves: His interviews with poets clearly show his appreciation of the written word and of what makes each of them unique. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.