Poet and Prophet

For anyone who can spare 40 minutes, I highly recommend watching Bill Moyers interview Wendell Berry.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

Here’s the link to Moyers’ website, with the video and some commentary :


From the day my wife gave me a copy of the poem “Manifesto:  The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” my life has never been the same.

12 comments on “Poet and Prophet

  1. DM says:

    I’ve never seen it but love Bill Moyer’s interviews with writers and poets.I’m thinking it would be a great interview to watch with Mrs DM. She also loves this sort of stuff. thanks for the tip. DM


    • Bill says:

      My wife and I watched it together a few nights ago. I do recommend that.
      Moyers did a good job, I think. He pulls the conversation toward what seems to matter most to him, of course, but that is OK. Even though his questions weren’t necessarily the same ones I would ask, the answers are wise. The poetry reading is an especially nice part of this. Hope you enjoy.


  2. shoreacres says:

    Perfect! I’m hitting the road for a bit next week and will have a bit of free time in the evenings to watch. Thanks!


  3. I’ll have to watch it this weekend, with a cup of tea. Wendell Berry’s writing is indeed wise.


  4. Jeff says:

    A Poem on Hope, which Wendell Berry read at the end, is the most powerful indictment of capitalism that I’ve ever read. I can only take Wendell Berry in small portions – he makes my heart weep.

    “Be still and listen to the voices that belong
    To the streambanks and the trees and the open fields.
    There are songs and sayings that belong to this place,
    By which it speaks for itself and no other.”


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