A Quest Through Language

Richard O. Moore, author of Writing the Silences, read his work at UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems on December 3. Brenda Hillman, poet and co-editor of Writing the Silences, introduced the reading. After coming to California in the 1930s, Moore joined the poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, then embarked on a long career in public braodcasting, helping to pioneer stations like KPFA and KQED, and documentary film. All the while he continued to write, but not publish, his poetry, until now. Hillman describes Moore’s poetry as “engaged in these same fresh investigations of a philosophical nature, of the land itself, of language, of our place in the universe, meanwhile being on a quest that is very internal…a bigger philosophical quest through language.”