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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I had lunch with Paul Muldoon and the portrait that Moyers paints of him is accurate and endearing. The poems and poets shared were amazing.

Jun 17, Brandon rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. Nobody knows why they like to go there, they just feel good drinking her tea.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

What poets say about poetry in general is super interesting. Includes three or four poems by each. Apr 13, Debra S.

On love, on grief, on every human thing, Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his moywrs. When I read good poetry I still feel it. Bill Moyers is a top-notch journalist who demonstrates a love for people and a passion for democracy.

It is an attempt to bring poetry closer to the average joe. He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

Timely snow day reading too! May 12, Jenny rated it liked it.

I found a lot of the poets interesting; I always like hearing how real-life experiences translate into poems. A fabulous book where Moyers interviews several poets who are at the Dodge Festival and speaks with them about their craft. I loved this book. Of course, given the very subjective nature of poetry, some works appeal to the reader more than others, but the book provides a really eclectic sampling of different voices and could be a very noyers entree to those who may feel a bit intimidated by poetry.


Some interviews are better than others, just as some poems are better than others.

Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

I am about halfway through “The Language of Life. May 06, Deb rated it it was amazing. Dec 12, Dayla rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading poetry spoke to me, I felt the words.

Not sorry I read it, some of it was interesting, and if you want to read it, I wouldn’t discourage you. Aug 05, Penny rated it it was amazing. Laurie R loves Reading about it – hearing the poets talk about their craft, about readings, and sharing their favorite poems – did a lot to restore my faith in good poetry and the existence of interesting and un-icky readings.

When words enter my mind, they help me make sense of what is happening around me. One poet, Jane Hirshfield, was asked about her religion. 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. 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.

Includes eexamples form each of the poets. Of This has been on my shelf for years, and I’m very glad that, on a recent sleepless night, I reached for it. Although she almost never explicitly writes about it, she is a Zen Buddhist who spent several years in a monastery. Bill Moyers interviews several poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival on their methods, philosophy, day to day writing of poetry. Apr 20, Richard rated it really liked it.


Moyers interviews poets who talk about their work and life. Refresh and try again.

Instead, I’ll be content to often pull it off the shelf. Jan 15, Laurie Byro rated it it was amazing.

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. Jul 18, Clarissa Olivarez rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. Cervantes, Hirshfield, and Lim were welcome discoveries. Either I don’t get it or I feel stupid for not getting it.

The Dodge Poetry Festival seems enormous and a bit wwith – audiences in the thousands show up to hear some of the best poets in America read, and they clap and cheer and whoop as if they were at a rock concert. Open Preview See a Problem? This book is not yet featured on Listopia.