The Language of Life

The magic of the spoken word takes center stage in this exhilarating eight-part series that showcases contemporary poets and their work. Join host Bill Moyers as he engages 18 writers – including greats like Robert Bly, Adrienne Rich and Gary Snyder – in lively conversation, and share the experience of hearing them read aloud before a live audience. Produced and directed by Emmy – winning documentarian David Grubin and filmed on location at the fifth biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in historic Waterloo, New Jersey, The Language of Life combines intimate, one-on-one interviews and public performances – several with musical accompaniment by the famed Paul Winter Consort. Featured poets include National Book Award honorees, Pulitzer Prize winners and former US Poet Laureate. Collectively, the writers here testify to the full range of human experience and poetry’s power to inspire, redeem and celebrate life. (1995)