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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Robert P likes all the following poets: The poems and poets shared were amazing. 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 foling poets, what inspires them, and their approach to the craft.

May 06, Deb rated it it was amazing.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

Witg by Bill Moyers. While I didn’t connect I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading more poetry but doesn’t know where to begin.

I enjoyed the poetry. I would love to read ten volumes of this! This is a collection of interviews of poets conducted by television journalist Bill Moyers at the Dodge Poetry Festival. He has won numerous awards and ho Billy Don “Bill” Moyers is an American journalist and public commentator. Moyers wrote this while attending a poetry festival. Open Preview See a Problem?


I had lunch with Paul Muldoon and the portrait that Moyers paints of him is accurate and endearing. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Bill Moyers interviews several poets at the Dodge Poetry Festival on their methods, philosophy, day to day writing of poetry. He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years.

Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

Cervantes, Hirshfield, and Lim were welcome discoveries. Preview — Fooling with Words by Bill Moyers.

He also filmed a aith. 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.

Attention is love; I’m not waving, I’m drowning. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Timely snow day reading too! Some interviews are better than others, just as some poems are better than others. The book may be the least fun of the three, which is something I rarely say about books. Jun 17, Brandon rated it really liked it Shelves: A look into the lives and work of eleven contemporary poetry composers.

Oct 05, Sydney rated it it was amazing. Includes eexamples form each of the poets. 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 realize these are interview transcriptions but a footnote would have done a lot to ease my irritation.


A Festival of Poets” and corresponding book are must haves for poetry lovers.

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I borrowed this withh the library, but want a copy for my own. I loved this book because I really enjoy poetry. He feels that by interviewing and knowing the poets we will better understand the poetry. 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 mkyers beautiful and meaningful.

Jul 09, Melissa Jeanette rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not sorry I read it, some of it was interesting, and if you want to read it, I wouldn’t discourage you.

Enjoyable book, interviews with several poets during a festival about cooling poetry means to them and how it sustains them.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading more poetry but doesn’t know where to begin.