The Language of Life

The Language of Life

A Festival of Poets

Book - 1995
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Random House, Inc.
"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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
In the companion book to the new PBS series, the creator of Healing and the Mind interviews an ethnically diverse group of poets, both famous and obscure, and explores the enduring fascination of poetry. TV tie-in. 175,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
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. The poets who speak with Mr. Moyers about their work, their lives, and their creativity form a dazzlingly diverse chorus of American voices. Listening to Linda McCarriston's award-winning poems about a child trapped in a violent home, or to Coleman Barks resurrecting the love poems of a thirteenth-century mystic, 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 weaving the magic of his childhood church in Harlem to the African tradition of storytelling, or to Claribel Alegria and Daisy Zamora reflecting on a woman's life in Central America, 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 in a culture where words are held hostage to the propaganda of commerce and politics, and all give hope that from such a wide variety of racial, ethnic, and religious threads we might yet weave a new American fabric.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents interviews with an ethnically diverse group of poets and explores the fascination of poetry

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385479172
0385479174
Characteristics: xx, 450 p. : ill ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Haba, James
Grubin, David

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