1. Forgetfulness - Billy Collins Animated Poetry


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    • Full Show: Going Home With Maya Angelou


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      Revisit an episode from over 30 years ago, in which Bill joined the legendary writer on her return to the small town where she grew up.

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      • The Dead – Billy Collins Animated Poetry


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        • Rita Dove on the Power of Poetry


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          Bill welcomes former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, who this very week received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Dove served two terms as Poet Laureate, the youngest and the first African American to be named to that prestigious position. Through an intimate conversation and select readings, Moyers and Dove explore American history, language, culture, and ideas. They also talk about the responsibility – and controversy – that comes with editing a prestigious anthology, as Dove was recently tasked for The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.

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          • Preview: The Pope, Poverty and Poetry


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            In just a few months, Pope Francis, the first in history to take the name of the patron saint of the poor, has proven to be one of the most outspoken pontiffs in recent history, especially when it comes to the widening gap between the rich and poor. This week on Moyers & Company Bill talks to author and historian Thomas Cahill to get his perspective on what Pope Francis could achieve during his papacy and why he has some conservatives up in arms. Also on the broadcast, poet Philip Levine joins Bill to discuss why Americans have lost sight of the working-class Americans with whom he worked side-by-side on the assembly lines of Detroit’s auto plants — and inspired several of his poems. Described by one critic as “a large, ironic Whitman of the industrial heartland,” Philip Levine recently served as the nation’s poet laureate at the Library of Congress.

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            • Preview: Going Home With Maya Angelou


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              We revisit an episode from over 30 years ago, in which Bill joined the legendary writer on her return to the small town where she spent much of her childhood. This show airs on most PBS stations the weekend of Aug. 9, 2014. Check local listings at http://billmoyers.com/schedule.

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              • Billy Collins - "To My Favorite Seventeen Year-Old High School Girl"


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                Poet Billy Collins reads "To My Favorite Seventeen Year-Old High School Girl" on April 1, 2012 at the Miami Beach Community Church. Presented by O, Miami Poetry Festival. Sponsors: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County, and The Betsy Hotel. www.omiami.org.

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                • A Walk through the Palms with W.S. Merwin


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                  Join U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin, as he walks you through his palm forest in the Peahi Valley on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Accompanied by a thrush, Mr. Merwin shares his love of palms and the natural world. His palm sanctuary is one of the most extensive in the world, with over 800 species hand-planted by Mr. Merwin. Merwin's poetry, writing, essays, and now palm forest, are poignant and unprecedented achievements--modeling a living legacy that is a national treasure. An informal walk and video by Tom Sewell (www.tomsewell.com). For more information on Mr. Merwin and The Merwin Conservancy, go to www.merwinconservancy.org.

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                  • WORLD RAT DAY - by J. Patrick Lewis and Anna Raff


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                    From the Children's Poet Laureate comes a year-round ode to wacky holidays just begging to be celebrated. Nobody should ever forget Ewe on Ohio Sheep Day (July 14). No mata mata how hard they may try on World Turtle Day (May 23). If you've never heard of Dragon Appreciation Day, International Cephalopod Awareness Day, or Yell "Fudge!" at the Cobras in North America Day, it's not because they don't exist, it's simply that they needed someone to spread the word. Luckily, the fantastically zany poems of J. Patrick Lewis and Anna Raff's equally hilarious illustrations have memorialized these holidays forever. So get out your calendars — from Happy Mew Year for Cats Day to Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, World Rat Day (April 4) calls for a year-round celebration. Available March 12, 2013. Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/b4tfsj9 Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/amapbfm Books-a-Million: http://tinyurl.com/ancu5v4 IndieBound: http://tinyurl.com/av4x2oc Publisher's Weekly says: "Lest readers forget to observe (actual) holidays like Worm Day (March 15) or Yell 'Fudge!' at the Cobras in North America Day (June 2), Lewis offers a lyrical reminder, with several of the special occasions crashed by a squadron of rats. In honor of Pink Flamingo Day (May 29), Lewis fashions a concrete poem: "A Flamingo is a long cooooooooool drink of something pink," and for International Cephalopod Awareness Day, a scuba-diving rat with a toilet plunger greets a doe-eyed octopus: "I wish I was an octopus/ In inky-dinky weather./ Then you and I could octopush/ Our suction cups together." Raff's loose washes with ink details exude personality and humor (a skunk's photo shoot has her posing next to a bottle of "Eau de Eeeew!") in this gleefully silly crowd-pleaser." J. PATRICK LEWIS has written more than seventy books for children and is the current Children's Poet Laureate. He lives in Ohio, where, between author visits at schools, he weeps copious tears that his grandchildren live so far away. ANNA RAFF is an illustrator based in New York City where there are reportedly four rats per human resident. WORLD RAT DAY is her first book with Candlewick Press.

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                    • Preview: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil


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                      In this second of two programs celebrating the life and work of the late Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Angelou attended a conference on “Facing Evil,” held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say.

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