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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The interviews were so insightful. I wish that Moyers had interviewed a hundred more poets so that I could continue enjoying this book for a long time to come. Of This has been on my shelf for years, and I’m very glad that, on a recent sleepless night, I reached for it.

I loved this book. 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? I realize these are interview transcriptions but a footnote bll have done a lot to ease my irritation. Then he allows them to provide samples of his and their favorite poems. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. And since I had already read Dante in the original, I ordered Pinsky’s “Dante” which he provided a new English translation for.

Not sorry I read it, some bipl it was interesting, and if you want iwth read it, I wouldn’t discourage you.

miyers Lists with This Book. Either I don’t get it or I feel stupid for not getting it. I will treasure it. The book may be the least fun of the three, which is something I rarely say about books. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Open Preview See a Problem? I wish I had a photographic memory so that I could mentally browse through it at will.

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Feb 22, Michelle rated it really liked it. 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.


I love Bill Moyers and I love poetry. The middle of the night is when, oddly enough, one contributor recommended reading poetry. 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 read, and they clap and cheer and whoop as if they were at a rock concert. I have had the grace to meet most of these wonderful poets and recently went to BI where Coleman Barks and Billy Collins read and were delightful.

Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

Intermingled in the folksy conversations are the poets’ works. Oct 05, Sydney rated it it was amazing.

I realize these are interview transcript This is a collection of interviews of poets conducted by television journalist Bill Moyers at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Some interviews are better than others, just as some poems are better than others. I loved this book because I really enjoy poetry. Preview — Fooling with Words by Bill Moyers. Wary that it might be little more than a souvenir targeting those who have attended the Dodge Poetry Festival, Moyerx was pleasantly surprised to find it a real gem in its own right.

Bill Moyers introduces poets and does and “interview” of sorts with them. Dec 30, Shelly rated it really liked it Shelves: But what I am most grateful for is getting to know Robert Pinsky. I was overly annoyed, however, when one subject goes on and on about the way the word “Gloria” is worrds in the Hallelujah Chorus and how meaningful it is blah blah blah.

A fabulous collection of interviews with some of the best contemporary poets.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

I stumbled upon this book in my grandmother’s collection. He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years. His interviews with poets clearly show his appreciation of the written word and of what makes each of them unique. Want to Read saving….


Robert P likes all the following poets: Not too highbrow, and Moyers allows authors to speak. Moyers had an extensive involvement with public television, producing documentaries and news journal programs. 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. Refresh and try again. A fabulous book where Moyers interviews several poets who are at the Dodge Festival and speaks with them about their craft.

Jan 24, Tony Roberts rated it liked it. Jul 09, Melissa Jeanette rated it it was amazing Shelves: Attention is love; I’m not waving, I’m drowning. Although she almost never explicitly writes about it, she is a Zen Buddhist who spent several years in a monastery.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

The question and answer format works beautifully. Oct 18, Sarah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He has become well known as a trenchant critic of the U. I borrowed this from the library, but want a copy for my own.

Instead, Wodrs be content to often pull it off the shelf. There are just enough poems included to give it all context.

Jan 27, Dianne Merridith rated it really liked it. I found a few new poets I want to explore further and several I can continue to live without.