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The Crooked Inheritance
     

The Crooked Inheritance

by Marge Piercy
 

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An “exquisite . . . spot on” (The Hudson Review) collection of poems from one of our best-loved and best-selling poets that is both personal, with poetry about love, nature and reflections on the stages of life, and political, ranging from the war in Iraq and Katrina to concerns such as women’s rights and the poet’s childhood in Detroit.

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An “exquisite . . . spot on” (The Hudson Review) collection of poems from one of our best-loved and best-selling poets that is both personal, with poetry about love, nature and reflections on the stages of life, and political, ranging from the war in Iraq and Katrina to concerns such as women’s rights and the poet’s childhood in Detroit.

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“Piercy’s honesty is always welcome.” —Publishers Weekly

“There is always some secret gem hidden inside these poems . . . Piercy is not shy about using stark language, and her tone is unusual and refreshing. Rather than sounding preachy, her use of repetition adds to the sense of rhythm and makes her writing sing even as it informs.” —Lilith

Publishers Weekly
Piercy's 16 books of accessible, sometimes outspokenly feminist poetry, along with her many novels and nonfiction books, have gained a wide and loyal following. This big collection of somewhat talky new poems may not disappoint her devotees, but seems unlikely to add to her reputation. Familiar subjects political injustice, familial inheritance, Jewish heritage, the pleasures of cooking and gardening, the troubles of later life get treated, mostly, in predictable, low-pressure ways. When Piercy (Colors Passing Through Us, 2003) takes clothes that don't fit from her "closet of doom," "The resale shop/ is already waiting.../ ...and I feel my own unplanned/ obsolescence creep into my flesh." Antiwar poems focus on an oblivious America, where "shopping is our favorite entertainment." As for Hurricane Katrina, "Baby is crying/ Grandma is dying/ and that dirty water is getting higher." Reminiscences of Detroit, where Piercy grew up, and a sequence of poems on Jewish liturgical occasions (meant, perhaps, for a congregation to use) stand out, and Piercy's honesty is always welcome. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375711404
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels and seventeen volumes of poetry, most recently Colors Passing Through Us and The Art of Blessing the Day. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, novelist Ira Wood.

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