What Are Big Girls Made Of?: Poems [NOOK Book]

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Opening with a powerful cycle of elegies for her long-distant, half-brother, this major new collection by one of our bestselling poets then goes on to include both serious and funny poems about women and poems about the precarious balance of nature, ending with the beautiful, life-affirming "The Art of Blessing the Day." 160 pp.
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What Are Big Girls Made Of?: Poems

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Overview

Opening with a powerful cycle of elegies for her long-distant, half-brother, this major new collection by one of our bestselling poets then goes on to include both serious and funny poems about women and poems about the precarious balance of nature, ending with the beautiful, life-affirming "The Art of Blessing the Day." 160 pp.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As accessible and as crammed with experience as a novel, Piercy's 13th collection bears the effortlessly textured markings of a life lived fully. Featured are wryly confessional elegies for her disturbed, Vietnam vet brother ("Our conversations were conducted/ without a common language./ I gave you a foot. You handed me a balloon..."), the luminously sexual poems one expects from the author of The Moon Is Always Female and striking ruminations on marriage and middle age. At her best, Piercy blends a strange, elemental whimsy with powerful free verse to bring fresh examination to such subjects as dysfunctional families ("A pit lined with fur and barbed wire;/ roast chicken and plastique, warmth/ and bile, a kiss and a razor in the ribs,/ our family") and to her intuitive odes to wild creatures like garter snakes and grackles. Less fully felt are poems with a social conscience, like the title piece, which offers only the expected observations on women's slavery to beauty and fashion ("When will a woman/ cease to be made of pain?"), while cozily humorous gripes on mundanities like having to pay "the mortgage bird" seem more Erma Bombeck than poetic. But when Piercy raises her sights to more transcendent subject matter (like the shiveringly beautiful poem about love and light titled "The negative ion dance"), she engages a seer's sense of numinous detail. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307761941
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Brother-less one: Sun god 3
Brother-less two: Palimpsest 5
Brother-less three: Never good enough 7
Brother-less four: Liars' dance 11
Brother-less five: Truth as a cloud of moths 13
Brother-less six: Unconversation 15
Brother-less seven: Endless end 18
What are big girls made of? 23
Pop-sicle 27
Elegy in rock, for Audre Lorde 29
A day in the life 32
The promotion 36
A little monument 37
Half vulture, half eagle 39
The grey flannel sexual harassment suit 41
All systems are up 43
Between two Hamlets 45
All day all night talk radio 48
The thief 50
The new Rock Island Line 52
For two women shot to death in Brookline, Massachusetts 54
Moonburn 61
Liars' dice 62
A warm place becomes a cold place 63
All lovers have secret names 66
Little acts of love 67
The negative ion dance 68
Dance of the trees 69
Your standard mid life crisis 70
Duet that trails off 72
Salt in the afternoon 74
Belly good 75
The puzzle 77
The retreat 79
Reshaping each other 81
On guard 82
Ancient wood 85
Blizzard in March 86
March comes in on cleft hooves 87
The visitation 88
The voice of the grackle 90
Thousands of morning moths 92
In June, the young deer are almost tame 93
Death of a doe on Chequesset Neck 96
The sky changes 97
A quick and quiet one 99
Crow babies 101
The level 103
October eclipse 104
Off season rental 106
Trying our metal 108
Transfixed on the bank 109
Syzygy 110
My boa 115
If we can't find it, we make it 117
The world from below 118
Growing up haunted 119
The flying Jew 121
My rich uncle, whom I only met three times 124
On the road in middle age 126
Diana inaccessible 128
Reflections on a mirror 129
The descent of Orphee 131
The mean 134
Kaddish 137
Season of breakage 138
After the wind abated, he walked out and died 141
Season of the egg 143
Matzoh 145
A twitch in time 146
Targets 148
The price begins to mount 150
The world unbandaged 152
Coming up on September 153
Breadcrumbs 155
The art of blessing the day 157
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