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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When I read good poetry I still feel it. Just enough to make you want to read more of their works. The interviews were so insightful. Open Preview See a Problem?

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

Nobody fooilng why they like to go there, they just feel good drinking her tea. Not only did Moyers choose successful and talented poets, but his own prose, in introducing them, was wonderful to read as well. Reading about it – hearing the poets talk about their craft, about readings, and sharing their favorite poems – worfs a lot to restore my faith in good poet Fooling With Words is a collection of interviews of poets conducted by television journalist Bill Moyers at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

Moyers interviews a variety of poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival a terrific event held every other year in New Jersey about what spurred their writing; the relationship between writer and reader; and how best to “take in” poetry.

Moyers wrote this worcs attending a poetry festival. Lists with This Book.

Mar 23, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: Usually questions to do with a specific poem. On love, on grief, on every human thing, Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his wing.


One poet, Jane Hirshfield, was asked about her religion. Wjth realize these are interview transcriptions but a footnote would have done a lot to ease my irritation. I borrowed this from the library, but want a copy for my own.

He worked wth a news commentator on television for ten years. Jan 15, Laurie Byro rated it it was amazing. The Dodge Poetry Festival seems enormous and a bit weird – audiences in the thousands show up to hear some of the best poets in America moyeers, and they clap and cheer and whoop as if they were at a rock concert. A collection of interviews of poets at the Dodge poetry festival. A look into the lives and work of eleven contemporary poetry composers.

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. I wish that Moyers had interviewed a hundred more poets so that I could continue enjoying this book for a long time to come. What poets say about poetry in general is super interesting.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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. Bill Moyers interviews several poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival on their methods, philosophy, day to day writing of poetry.

Moyers interviews poets who talk about their work and life. Return to Book Page. Bill Moyers is a top-notch journalist who demonstrates a love for people and a passion for democracy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Then he allows them to provide samples of his and their favorite poems. It’s nice to get to know the poets behind the poems a bit, and who better to facilitate such a thing than Bill Moyers?

He has won numerous awards and honorary degrees. Not sorry I read it, some of it was interesting, and if you want to read it, I wouldn’t discourage you. Sure, all of witu 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.

More than one poet in the book compared the art to jazz, which I liked – anyone can improvise on a wiith, but you have to learn to play before you can start making things up that are beautiful and meaningful. Jul 09, Foolign Jeanette rated it it was amazing Shelves: He also filmed a documentary. Reading poetry spoke to me, I felt the words. Apr 20, Richard rated it really liked it.

Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

This is a collection of interviews of poets conducted by television journalist Bill Moyers at the Dodge Poetry Festival. There are just enough poems included to give it all context. 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.