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Biography of Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy (1936 - Present)

Marge Piercy (born March 31, 1936) is an American poet, novelist, and social activist.

Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a family deeply affected by the Great Depression. She was the first in her family to attend college, studying at the University of Michigan. Winning a Hopwood Award for Poetry and Fiction (1957) enabled her to finish college and spend some time in France, and her formal schooling ended with a M.A. from Northwestern University. Her first book of poems, Breaking Camp, was published in 1968.

As of 2004 she is author of seventeen volumes of poems, among them The Moon is Always Female (1980, considered a feminist classic) and The Art of Blessing the Day (1999), as well as fifteen novels, one play (The Last White Class, co-authored with her third and current husband Ira Wood), one collection of essays (Parti-colored Blocks for a Quilt), one nonfiction book, and one memoir.

Her novels and poetry often focus on feminist or social concerns, although her settings vary. While He, She and It, for instance, is a science fiction novel that won the Arthur C. Clarke award, City of Darkness, City of Light is set during the French Revolution. Other of her novels, such as Summer People and The Longings of Women are set during the modern day. Yet all of her books share a focus on women's lives.

Piercy's poetry tends to be highly personal free verse, and often addresses the same concern with feminist and social issues. Her work shows commitment to the dream of social change (what she might call, in Judaic terms, tikkun olam), rooted in story, the wheel of the Jewish year, and a range of landscapes/settings.

She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband, Ira Wood.


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23 Poems written by Marge Piercy

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A Work Of Artifice Comments and analysis of A Work Of Artifice by Marge Piercy 269 Comments
The Friend Comments and analysis of The Friend by Marge Piercy 10 Comments
The Seven Of Pentacles Comments and analysis of The Seven Of Pentacles by Marge Piercy 50 Comments
You Ask Why Sometimes I Say Stop
Always Unsuitable
Attack of the Squash People
Belly Good
Colors Passing Through Us Comments and analysis of Colors Passing Through Us by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
For the Young Who Want To
Implications of One Plus One Comments and analysis of Implications of One Plus One by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
My Mother's Body Comments and analysis of My Mother's Body by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
The Cat's Song Comments and analysis of The Cat's Song by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
The Neighbor
The Woman in the Ordinary
To Be of Use Comments and analysis of To Be of Use by Marge Piercy 6 Comments
To the Pay Toilet Comments and analysis of To the Pay Toilet by Marge Piercy 255 Comments
Toad Dreams Comments and analysis of Toad Dreams by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
Traveling Dream Comments and analysis of Traveling Dream by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
Visiting a Dead Man on a Summer Day
What Are Big Girls Made Of? Comments and analysis of What Are Big Girls Made Of? by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
Winter Promises

Circles on the Water: Selected Poems of Marge Piercy

The Morning Half-Life Blues
Barbie Doll Comments and analysis of Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy 10 Comments


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