The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010

The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010

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by Marge Piercy
     
 

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This new gathering of Marge Piercy’s poems—funny, angry, in awe of life, compassionate—brings us the heart of her mature work, the first selected since Circles on the Water in 1982.

Here, poems chart the milestone events and fierce passions of the poet’s middle years, her Judaism, her deep connection with nature, her politics. There

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This new gathering of Marge Piercy’s poems—funny, angry, in awe of life, compassionate—brings us the heart of her mature work, the first selected since Circles on the Water in 1982.

Here, poems chart the milestone events and fierce passions of the poet’s middle years, her Judaism, her deep connection with nature, her politics. There is the death of her mother, whom we meet as a young woman, “awkwardly lovely, her face / pure as a single trill perfectly / prolonged on a violin.” She celebrates her new marriage not only for its romantic beginning, but for its quieter details: “love cherishes too the back pockets, / the pencil ends of childhood fears.” In every poem we hear the current of her convictions, which she declares in language unmistakably and colorfully her own, as when she encourages her readers to go to the opera instead of the movies because “the heroine is fifty and weighs as much as a ’65 Chevy with fins.” And, in several poems, bearing the loss of people and time, she begins to examine her own legacy:

I have worn the faces, the masks of hieroglyphs, gods and demons,
bat faced ghosts, sibyls and thieves,
lover, loser, red rose and ragweed,
these are the tracks I have left on the white crust of time.
—from “Tracks”

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Lund
…consistently strong and accessible poems…[Piercy] shows, page by page, that activism and the "ordinary" joys of living can and do coexist.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307594105
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen collections of poetry. In 1990 her poetry won the Golden Rose, the oldest poetry award in the country. She is also the author of a memoir, Sleeping with Cats, and seventeen novels, most recently Sex Wars. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, the novelist Ira Wood.

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