The language of life: a festival of poets

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Doubleday, Jul 1, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 450 pages
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"Poets live the lives all of us live," says Bill Moyers, "with one big difference. They have the power--the power of the word--to create a world of thoughts and emotions other can share. We only have to learn to listen."



In a series of fascinating conversations with thirty-four American poets, The Language Of Life celebrates language in its "most exalted, wrenching, delighted, and concentrated form," and its unique power to re-create the human experience: falling in love, facing death, leaving home, playing basketball, losing faith, finding God. Listening to Linda McCarriston's award-winning poems about a child trapped in a violent home, or to Jimmy Santiago Baca explaining how words changed his life in prison, or to David Mura describing his Japanese American grandfather's experience in relocation camps, or to Sekou Sundiata stitching the magic of his childhood church in Harlem to the African tradition of storytelling, or to Gary Snyder invoking the natural wonder of mountains and rivers, or to Adrienne Rich calling for honesty in human relations, all testify to the necessity and clarity of the poet's voice, and all give hope that from such a wide variety of racial, ethnic, and religious threads we might yet weave a new American fabric.



"'Listen,' said the storytellers of old, 'listen and you shall hear,'" explains Bill Moyers. The Language Of Life is a joyous, life-affirming invitation to listen, learn, and experience the exhilarating power of the spoken word.


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User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

This book is the soundtrack to my life. I own several copies: hard copy, digital and audio. Quite honestly, I love this book. This book led me to the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival where I met ... Read full review

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An amazing group of poets. If you have the chance, hear the audio. The music of the poets reading is amazing. Read full review

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Bill Moyers's career as a television journalist has earned hBill Moyers's career as a television journalist has earned him more than thirty Emmy Awards. His reporting and interviewim more than thirty Emmy Awards. His reporting and interviews have been the basis for seven bestsellers. He is author ofs have been the basis for seven bestsellers. He is author of "Genesis" (Doubleday), "The Language of Life" (Main Street "Genesis" (Doubleday), "The Language of Life" (Main Street Books), and "Healing and the Mind" (Doubleday). He lives in Books), and "Healing and the Mind" (Doubleday). He lives in New Jersey with his wife and creative collaborator, Judith DNew Jersey with his wife and creative collaborator, Judith Davidson Moyers. avidson Moyers.