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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
20544 To Be of Use Comments and analysis of To Be of Use by Marge Piercy 6 Comments
12446 The Seven Of Pentacles Comments and analysis of The Seven Of Pentacles by Marge Piercy 49 Comments
10141 A Work Of Artifice Comments and analysis of A Work Of Artifice by Marge Piercy 163 Comments
8008 What Are Big Girls Made Of? Comments and analysis of What Are Big Girls Made Of? by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
6758 The Woman in the Ordinary
6370 The Friend Comments and analysis of The Friend by Marge Piercy 10 Comments
5020 My Mother's Body Comments and analysis of My Mother's Body by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
4653 To the Pay Toilet Comments and analysis of To the Pay Toilet by Marge Piercy 153 Comments
4375 The Cat's Song Comments and analysis of The Cat's Song by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
4094 Traveling Dream Comments and analysis of Traveling Dream by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
4077 Always Unsuitable
3606 Belly Good
3507 Barbie Doll Comments and analysis of Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy 10 Comments
3102 Toad Dreams Comments and analysis of Toad Dreams by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
2939 Implications of One Plus One Comments and analysis of Implications of One Plus One by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
2783 The Morning Half-Life Blues
2755 Attack of the Squash People
2467 The Neighbor
388 Colors Passing Through Us Comments and analysis of Colors Passing Through Us by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
346 You Ask Why Sometimes I Say Stop
286 For the Young Who Want To
212 Visiting a Dead Man on a Summer Day
191 Winter Promises


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