The language of life with Bill Moyers ; produced and directed by David Grubin ; a production of David Grubin Productions, Inc. & Public Affairs Television, Inc. ; a presentation of Thirteen WNET New York.
Part 1, Welcome to the mainland: From the jazz-laced street speech of African American poet Sekou Sundiata's Harlem nights, to the picturesque journey of Naomi Shihab Nye through her family's Palestinian past and her American present, both artists seek to celebrate, in language, the cultur...
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|Summary:||Part 1, Welcome to the mainland: From the jazz-laced street speech of African American poet Sekou Sundiata's Harlem nights, to the picturesque journey of Naomi Shihab Nye through her family's Palestinian past and her American present, both artists seek to celebrate, in language, the cultures of today and the way those cultures have become part of the American mosaic.|
Part 2, Love's confusing joy. Poet/scholar Coleman Barks has dedicated much of his life's work to bringing the poems of 13th century Islamic poet Jelaluddin Rumi to contemporary American audiences.
Part 3, The field of time. Two courageous women artists who have turned potential tragedy into triumph are testimony to the healing powers of poetry. Authors Sandra McPherson and Linda McCarriston exult in the beauty of love, family, and nature.
Part 4, Some can sing. Poetry's ability to bridge gaps and cross boundaries is highlighted in the works of Robert Hass, Claribel Alegría, and Carolyn Forché. These three artists use words to transport themselves and their audiences to new places, new realities, and new hopes.
Part 5, Here in the mind. Gary Snyder and Daisy Zamora have each engaged in battle. Although their causes are quite different, they share the same weapon: the power of language.
Part 6, Swirl like a leaf. Poetry offers a way for individuals to understand themselves, their motivations and fears, their past and their future. Through writing, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Robert Bly, and Marilyn Chin have all found routes to self discovery and personal reconciliation.
Part 7, The heart of things. Three poets who revel in language's ability to reveal culture and history, Adrienne Rich, Victor Hernandez Cruz, and Michael S. Harper write poems which testify to their struggles against intolerance.
Part 8, Come celebrate with me. In this program, two poets reflect on the diverse--but similar--cultural legacies they have inherited. Lucille Clifton and David Mura bring their talent and humor to bear as they look at the past and the lives they live in America today.
|Item Description:||Subtitle on container: A festival of poets.|
Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Waterloo, New Jersey.
|Physical Description:||8 videocassettes (464 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.|
|Production Credits:||Various editors.|