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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Some interviews are better than others, just as some poems are better than others. And I think this was accomplished.

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

To say this is now a favorite book of mine is an understatement. I had lunch with Paul Muldoon and the portrait that Moyers paints of him is accurate and endearing.

A look into the witu and work of eleven contemporary poetry composers. A fabulous collection of interviews with some of the best contemporary poets. Apr 11, Susan rated it really liked it. He has become well known as a trenchant critic of the U.

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Jun 13, Jess rated it liked it Recommended to Jess by: As an anthology it’s a lovely collection of poems; as a piece of journalism it shines too, all the interviews being thoughtful and insightful for poets, it turns out, can be counted on to say interesting thingsand Moyers’ introductory vignettes setting the scene nicely.


He feels that by interviewing and knowing the poets we will better understand the poetry. May 06, Deb rated it it was amazing.

Jan 13, Foxglow rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cervantes, Hirshfield, and Lim were welcome discoveries. Moyers had an extensive involvement with public television, producing documentaries and news journal programs. Includes three or four poems by each.

Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

This has been on my shelf joyers years, and I’m very glad that, on a recent sleepless night, I reached for it. Lists with This Book.

It is an attempt to foolin poetry closer to the average joe. Dec 12, Dayla rated it really liked it Shelves: Just enough to make you want to read more of their works.

Apr 28, Bill rated it it was amazing. Jan 24, Tony Roberts rated it liked it. Feb 22, Michelle rated it really liked it.

Then he allows them to provide samples of his and their favorite poems. On love, on grief, on every noyers thing, Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his wing. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


Here he introduces us to several contemporary poets recognized for their craft and reveals the stories behind their words. 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 woords craft.

It was illuminating and enjoyable.

Billy Don “Bill” Moyers is an American journalist and public commentator. Published December 26th by William Morrow Paperbacks first published Timely snow day reading too! I think ibll problem comes down to how hard it is to make great poetry and how easy it is to write something that looks like a poem. I found a lot of the poets interesting; I always like hearing how real-life experiences translate into poems. 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.

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