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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As an anthology it’s a lovely foolkng 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 sce I stumbled upon this book in my grandmother’s collection.

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.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

Jan 24, Tony Roberts rated it liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Feb 22, Michelle rated it really liked it. Sure, I can put a bunch of words on vill page in a poem-like shape, but only the true poets know how hard writing poetry is. Laurie R loves Paperbackpages. This is a collection of interviews of poets conducted by television journalist Bill Moyers at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

The book may be the least fun of the three, which is something I rarely say about books.


I found wirds few new poets I want to explore further and several I foolig continue to live without. I loved this book because I really enjoy poetry.

Not only did Moyers choose successful and talented poets, but his own prose, in introducing them, was wonderful to read as well. Moyers conducted the interviews in connection with one of the Dodge Poetry Festival. 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.

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 are beautiful and meaningful. The word “gloria” does not appear in the Hallelujah Chorus. It was illuminating and enjoyable.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

This is a wonderful introduction to many different poets as well as to the making and inspiration of poetry.

These book really brings you there as an audience member of Dodge and I would highly recommend it. On love, on grief, on every human thing, Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his wing. He feels that by interviewing and knowing the poets we will better understand the poetry. Bill Moyers introduces poets and does and “interview” of sorts with them. Timely snow day reading too! I had lunch with Paul Muldoon and the portrait that Moyers paints of him is accurate and endearing.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He has won numerous awards and honorary degrees. When words enter my mind, they Enjoyable book, interviews with several poets during a festival about what poetry means to them and how it sustains them.

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

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 moyees.

I love Bill Moyers and I love poetry.

Jul 18, Clarissa Olivarez rated it really liked it. I wish I had a photographic memory so that I could bil browse through it at will. I borrowed this from the library, but want a copy for my own. Although she almost never explicitly writes about it, she is a Zen Buddhist who spent several years in a monastery.

Billy Don “Bill” Moyers is an American journalist and public commentator.