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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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Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-450).

Table of Contents

W.S. Merwin — Claribel Alegria — James A. Autry — Jimmy Santiago Baca — Coleman Barks — Robert Bly — Marilyn Chin — Lucille Clifton — William Stafford — Victor Hernandez Cruz — Rita Dove — Carolyn Forche — Donald Hall — Joy Harjo — Michael S. Harper — Robert Hass — Garrett Kaoru Hongo — Sharon Olds — Jane Kenyon — Stanley Kunitz — Li-Young Lee — Linda McCarriston — Sandra McPherson — David Mura — Naomi Shihab Nye — Adrienne Rich — Galway Kinnell — Gary Snyder — Gerald Stern — Sekou Sundiata — Mary TallMountain — Quincy Troupe — Daisy Zamora — Octavio Paz.

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(a festival of poets )
Haba, James
Grubin, David:
New York :
American poetry
Ethnic groups
Poets, American
Poetry -- Authorship.
Minorities -- Poetry.
Minorities -- United States -- Intellectual life.
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Includes bibliographical references p. 445-450.
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xx, 450 p.
9.52x7.73x1.49 in. 2.62 lbs.

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