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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He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years.

Two phrases that caught my eye: Either I don’t get it or I feel stupid for not getting it. To ask other readers questions about Fooling with Wordsplease sign up.

Jul 18, Clarissa Olivarez rated it really liked it. As an anthology it’s a lovely collection of poems; as a piece of journalism it shines too, all the interviews being thoughtful and insightful for poets, it turns out, can be counted on to say interesting thingsand Moyers’ introductory vignettes setting the scene nicely.

A collection of poets and poetry with interviews and commentary by Moyers. Nov 20, Marsha marked it as to-read Shelves: I love anything Bill Moyers does with regard to poetry.

Jul 09, Melissa Jeanette rated it it was amazing Shelves: And since I had already read Dante in the original, I ordered Pinsky’s “Dante” which he provided a new English translation for. Want to Read saving….


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Robert P likes all the following poets: Apr 28, Bill rated it it was amazing. I realize these are interview transcriptions but a footnote would have done a lot to ease my irritation.

Sure, I can put a bunch of words on a page in a poem-like shape, but only the true poets know how hard writing poetry is. Johnson Administration from Especially good for those of us who aren’t hugely familiar with poetry, because Moyers interviews poets in such a way as to make their poems more accessible than they’d be otherwise.

Not too highbrow, and Moyers allows authors to speak. I wish I had a photographic memory so that I could mentally browse through it at will. Some interviews are better than others, just as some poems are better than others.

I found a few new poets I want to explore further and several I can continue to live without.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 18, Sarah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Nobody knows why they like to go there, they just feel good drinking her tea. Jan 27, Dianne Merridith rated it really liked it.

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This qith a very readable book with insight into the lives of about 11 poets. Return to Book Page. I enjoyed the poetry. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I loved this book. They sound beautiful because the poets have toiled over word choice and rhythm and meter, and then they have worked even harder to make all of their hard work hidden – to make it look clean and easy and natural. Dec 30, Shelly rated it really liked moyegs Shelves: Billy Don “Bill” Moyers is an Moyera journalist and public commentator.


Although she almost never explicitly writes about it, she is a Zen Buddhist who spent several years in a monastery. He also filmed a documentary.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

Timely snow day reading too! The book may be the least fun of the three, which is something I rarely say about books. Moyers wrote this while attending a poetry wkrds. Feb 22, Michelle rated it really liked it. Jan 13, Foxglow rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am about halfway through “The Language of Life. Intermingled in the folksy conversations are the poets’ works.

Bill shares a bit of his moters journey as a poetry lover, but mainly the book is a collection of interviews and poems with some of the poets Bill has interviewed at the Geraldine R.

I would love to read ten volumes of this!