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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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. I stumbled upon this book in my grandmother’s collection.

Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

Apr 11, Susan rated it really mmoyers it. Moyers wrote this while attending a poetry festival. Books by Bill Moyers. Jun 17, Brandon rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 13, Jess rated it liked it Recommended to Jess by: 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 effective entree to those who may feel a bit intimidated by poetry.

Preview — Fooling with Words by Bill Moyers. He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

And I think this was accomplished. Two phrases that caught my eye: I would love to read ten volumes of this! But after reading this book, I am willing to try again and without being so hard on myself.


One poet, Nill Hirshfield, was asked about her religion. Not sorry I read it, some of it was interesting, and if you want to read it, I wouldn’t discourage you.

Mar 23, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: Timely snow day reading too! But it is good to know that there are some wonderful contemporary poets out there, working away quietly in their teahouses. I had lunch with Paul Muldoon and the portrait that Moyers paints of him is accurate and endearing.

May 12, Jenny rated it liked it.

Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft by Bill Moyers

There are just enough poems included to give it all context. Attention is love; I’m not waving, I’m drowning. Just enough to make you want to read more of their works. He has become well known as a trenchant critic of the U. Bill Moyers is a top-notch journalist who demonstrates a love for people and a passion for democracy. He has won numerous awards and honorary degrees.

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When words enter my mind, they help me make sense of what is happening around me. Robert P likes all the following poets: A collection of poets and poetry with interviews and commentary by Moyers. The Dodge Poetry Festival seems enormous and a bit weird – audiences in the wordw 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 wodrs.


Lists with This Book. This is a very readable book with insight into the lives of about 11 poets. To ask other readers questions about Fooling with Wordsplease sign up.

Sure, I can put a bunch of words on a page in a poem-like shape, but only the true poets know how hard foolijg poetry is. It was illuminating and enjoyable. I loved this book because I really enjoy poetry.

Jul 30, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: Intermingled in the folksy conversations are the poets’ works. Trivia About Fooling with Word Includes three or four poems by each.

To say this is now a favorite book of mine is an understatement. It’s nice to get to know the poets behind witu poems a bit, and who better to facilitate such a thing than Bill Moyers?

Although she almost never explicitly writes about it, she is a Zen Buddhist who spent several years in a monastery. Reading poetry spoke to me, I felt the words.

Apr 03, Shane rated it it was amazing.