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by Marge Piercy
     
 

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Pierce's most compelling book of poems expresses the delights of the senses and the hard play of emotion. They celebrate the wonders of nature and explore the nature of love and friendship.

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Pierce's most compelling book of poems expresses the delights of the senses and the hard play of emotion. They celebrate the wonders of nature and explore the nature of love and friendship.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Piercy's newest collection of poems rings changes on the themes of coming to terms with oneself, forgiving one's parents, growing into love. She confronts her ambivalence toward her father in an aching, courageous eulogy. Rediscovering her Jewish identity, she seeks ways to reconcile religion with her embrace of the ancient earth goddess. Her feminist consciousness also informs meditations on a diamond ring, menopause, making love, her Detroit adolescence and our society's worship of youthfulness. The poet's voice projects a fierce strength born of gentleness. In occasional pieces she laments modern annoyances like answering machines and extols random country pleasures. Her overarching concern is keeping her balance as a woman and a writer in a polarized world full of yuppies and junkies, male rulers and working mothers. (March)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Piercy's tenth book of poetry is by far her finest. Feminist rhetoric has been replaced by the presence of a woman patiently turning 50, looking back at her life. The same political commitment Piercy exhibits especially well in her fiction is here expressed more concisely, transformed by imagery into understanding. Various temporary causes are merged into an exquisite, life-long struggle: displaying an intellect not previously visible, Piercy permits readers to share the soul searching, forgiveness, and final reclamation of her Jewish heritage that stems from her parents' deaths. She then write a genuinely erotic series of love poems, suddenly haunting readers with her use of everyday objects. Essential for for all serious poetry collections. Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394756912
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/12/1988
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.49(d)

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