The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets

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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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In a series of fascinating conversations with thirty-four American poets, and in dozens of poems, 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. Poets speak with Moyers about their work, their lives, and their creativity. In the tradition of the bestselling Healing and the Mind and The Power of Myth.

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What with the proliferation of poetry slams (reading stuff in bars and enduring whatever the crowd yells back) and of perf-pos (i.e., performance poets) opening for rock acts, poetry in America may be claiming a noncoterie audience for the first time since World War II. Public TV interviewer Moyers aims to abet such a development in his latest series, which this book accompanies--and then some. The volume presents versions of the new series' 15 interviews that are longer than what appears on the small screen, interviews with 14 other poets who figured in earlier Moyers programs, and a statement, portrait, and poem from each of 5 more. With a few exceptions (Quincy Troupe, Jimmy Santiago Baca), Moyers' interviewees aren't even tangentially of the slam and perf-po types, but they are lively and intriguing as they discuss particular poems and the cultures, personal experiences, and gifts out of which they write. More interesting--and bound to arouse the ire of those for whom the politically archliberal Moyers is a perennial target--is these poets' ethnic diversity, which arguably makes this book and the TV series more enticing to the greater popular audience that Moyers descries emerging. Anyone who loves poetry more than politics shouldn't carp all that much, not with Adrienne Rich, Donald Hall, Rita Dove, Li-Young Lee, Joy Harjo, and Stanley Kunitz among those selected to body forth that diversity. Ray Olson

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