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Mars and Her Children: Poems
     

Mars and Her Children: Poems

by Marge Piercy
 

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A major new collection of poems about women's lives and the closing circle of nature, from a bestselling poet. These poems celebrate the beauties of nature and the eternal cycle of love, death and birth that is being interrupted by the assault on the environment.

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A major new collection of poems about women's lives and the closing circle of nature, from a bestselling poet. These poems celebrate the beauties of nature and the eternal cycle of love, death and birth that is being interrupted by the assault on the environment.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Piercy's ( Available Light ) is a poetry of the senses, and often that means sensual overload for readers, who may feel after reading a few of these poems that they have eaten too many rich desserts. A poem entitled ``When too much is barely enough'' is exemplary of Piercy's style: ``The scent of butter and cream honeysuckle / is ladled like sambuca straight into my brain . . . .'' The poem is about nothing more than a beautiful day, yet Piercy's overzealous metaphor-making gives it a queasy, psychedelic tinge. To be fair, other poems are more imagistically restrained in this uneven collection. In ``The pain came back like something sharp in my eye'' the speaker recounts the neurotic incidents of an old lover who has killed himself. The poet proclaims, ``You feared love with an energy better spent / fearing death, to whom you gave yourself wholly / at last, supine to that sour kiss.'' Offering oneself up to life's (particularly love's) sensual pleasures is what we must do for our bodies while we're still alive, the poet says, because one day we will succumb to diseases like cancer and AIDS, and at least we will have ``sucked the last morsel of pleasure onto our tongue /since we're charged anyhow for living.'' (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679738770
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Marge Piercy is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including The Art of Blessing the Day; Early Grrrl; Mars and Her Children, My Mother’s Body; Available Light; Stone, Paper, Knife; The Moon Is Always Female; and her selected poems, Circles on the Water. Her book of craft essays, Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt, is part of the Poets on Poetry series of the University of Michigan Press, and she edited a poetry anthology, Early Ripening. In 1990 her poetry won the Golden Rose, the oldest poetry award in the country. She has written fourteen novels, including He, She and It (winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award), The Longings of Women and City of Darkness, City of Light. The novel Storm Tide, co-authored with her husband, Ira Wood, was published in June 1998. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into sixteen languages. She and her husband live on Cape Cod.

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