Bill Moyers: The Language of Life [3 Discs] [DVD]

This release from writer Bill Moyers poetry series The Language of Life includes all eight episodes of the show, offering performances and commentary from a wide range of contemporary poets including Linda McCarriston, Sekou Sundiata, Jimmy Santiago Baca and many more.
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Overview

Special Features

  • 16-page viewer's guide with an introduction by Bill Moyers, profiles of the writers, and a guide to selected poetry festivals across America
  • Poet book lists and a biography of Bill Moyers
  • Plus more at athenalearning.com

Synopsis

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 5 - Here in the Mind
This video is part of an eight-part series from PBS that celebrates modern American poetry. Bill Moyers hosts the program, which features some of America's foremost poets talking about their lives and reading from their works. In this episode, the featured artists are Marilyn Chin, Robert Bly, and Santiago Bacca. The authors discuss with Moyers how their poetry served as a tool for self-discovery and development. The writers then read from their own works that have special significance for them. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 3 - The Field of Time
This video is a part of an eight-volume series from PBS, hosted by Bill Moyers, that celebrates modern American poetry. Some of America's leading modern poets talk with Moyers about the ideas and events in their lives that inform their work. In this program, poets Claribel Alegria, Robert Haas, and Carolyn Forche show the power of the human voice. Poetry is meant to be read aloud and sometimes it is meant to be sung. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 4 - Some Can Sing
This video is part of an eight-volume PBS series, hosted by journalist Bill Moyers, that profiles some of America's leading modern poets. The writers share with Moyers the events and influences in their lives that inform their work. In this episode, the lives and writings of two very political poets are featured. Gary Snyder has been a clarion for the environmental movement, and Daisy Zamora's works speak of the tragedy of civil war in Nicaragua. The authors read selections from their poetry. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 7 - The Heart of Things
This video is part of an eight-volume series from PBS that celebrates modern American poetry. Hosted by journalist Bill Moyers, the series profiles a number of America's leading poets. In this program, Moyers engages in a conversation with poet Coleman Banks, who is also an ardent admirer of the poetry of the Persian mystic Rumi. Banks discusses with Moyers the relevance of Rumi's 13th century works in the modern world, and reads from Rumi's poetry, as well as his own. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 1 - Welcome to the Mainland
This video is part of an eight-volume PBS series that celebrates modern American poetry. Journalist Bill Moyers hosts the series, which profiles the lives and works of some of the leading poets in America. In this program, poets Sekou Sundiata and Naomi Shihab Nye discuss how ideas and events in their lives have informed their works. Each poet brought to the mainland of America a unique perspective grounded in their heritage: Sundiata is of African descent; Nye is from Palestine. The poets read from their own selected works. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 2 - Love's Confusing Joy
This video is part of an eight-part PBS series that celebrates modern American poetry. Hosted by Bill Moyers, the program presents some of America's foremost modern poets talking about their lives and reading from their works. In this volume, poets Sandra McPherson and Linda McCarriston share events in their lives that transformed their poetry and themselves. The authors read from their works. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 6 - Swirl Like a Leaf
This video is part of an eight-part series that presents a survey of modern American poetry. The PBS series is hosted by journalist Bill Moyers, who talks with some of America's leading poets about the ideas and events that influenced their lives and works. In this episode, poets Lucille Clifton and David Mura talk about how humor came to be their salvation and informed their writing style. They present readings from their own works that reflect their attitude toward poetry and life. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life - A Festival of Poets, Vol. 8 - Come Celebrate with Me
This video is part of an eight-volume PBS series, hosted by journalist Bill Moyers, that celebrates modern American poetry. Moyers engages some of America's leading poets in conversation on the meaning of poetry in their lives. The authors talk about the significant events and ideas that influenced their work. In this episode, the featured writers are Adrienne Rich, Victor Hernandez Cruz, and Michael S. Harper. The authors read selections from their own works. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

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