The Power of the Word (1989)

This series welcomes viewers into the experience of poetry, helping them to discover that words retain the power to name things honestly, to touch the human spirit, and to enrich life. Bill Moyers introduces the audience to the world of poetry, well aware that many consider the subject irrelevant to their lives. Featured in the series are poets James Autry, Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, Garrett Kauro Hongo, Galway Kinnell, and more.

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October 20, 1989 | The Power of the Word (1989)
Poets Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton and W.S. Merwin discuss their works.
October 6, 1989 | The Power of the Word (1989)
Poets Li-Young Lee and Gerald Stern resurrect the past throgh poetry.
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September 29, 1989 | The Power of the Word (1989)

Bill introduces us to poets Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Joy Harjo, and Mary Tall Mountain, who draw from their cultural heritages to illuminate the present. Continue reading

Sharon Olds and Galway Kinnell reading poetry
September 15, 1989 | The Power of the Word (1989)

Poets Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz and William Stafford read their work and discuss their craft with Bill Moyers in this classic program.
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