The Hunger Moon by Marge Piercy
New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010

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This new gathering of Marge Piercy’s poems—energetic, funny, political, full of vitality—brings us the heart of her mature work, the first selected since Circles on the Water in 1982.

Here are poems that chart the milestone events and fierce passions of her middle years: the death of her mother, whom we meet first as a young woman, “awkwardly lovely, her face / pure as a single trill perfectly / prolonged on a violin,” and again as an older woman musing on what the afterlife may hold for her. There is a new marriage which she celebrates not only for romantic beginnings but also for the more intimate details that emerge over time: “love cherishes too the backpockets, / the pencil ends of childhood fears.”

Some poems convey her long-held, never-wavering political convictions, which she declares in language unmistakably and colorfully her own, as when she encourages her feminist readers to go to the opera instead of the movies because at least there the heroine is real, “fifty and weighs as much as a ’65 Chevy with fins.”

Living out to sea on Cape Cod settles her into the rhythm of seasons and provides poems of planting and harvests, odes to tomatoes and roses, tributes to the power and freedom of whales. And in these years she rediscovers her Jewish heritage, celebrating holidays and making of them something new and original.

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 the Hardcover edition.
 

About Marge Piercy

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Poet and novelist Marge Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 31, 1936. She received a B. A. from the University of Michigan and an M. A. from Northwestern. She is involved in the Jewish renewal and political work and was part of the civil rights movement. She won the Arthur C. Clarke award. Besides writing her own novles and collections of poetry, she has collaborated with her husband Ira Wood on a play, The Last White Class, and a novel, Storm Tide. In 1997, they founded a small literary publishing company called the Leapfrog Press. She currently lives in Cape Cod.
 
Published March 8, 2011 by Knopf. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Piercy’s Jewish themed poems are found in her 1999 book The Art of Blessing the Day, but that book does not include Jewish poems she has written in this century such as “Birthday of the world,” “N’eilah,” “In the sukkah,” “The full moon of Nisan,” and “The Cup of Eliyahu,” all of which are found ...

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New York Journal of Books

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Piercy’s Jewish themed poems are found in her 1999 book The Art of Blessing the Day, but that book does not include Jewish poems she has written in this century such as “Birthday of the world,” “N’eilah,” “In the sukkah,” “The full moon of Nisan,” and “The Cup of Eliyahu,” all of which are found ...

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Christian Science Monitor

Radical feminist poet Marge Piercy has mellowed, finding peace in marriage and spiritual awakening.

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By jonSun, 04/17/2011 - 17:43.

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