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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
21133 To Be of Use Comments and analysis of To Be of Use by Marge Piercy 10 Comments
13016 The Seven Of Pentacles Comments and analysis of The Seven Of Pentacles by Marge Piercy 56 Comments
10492 A Work Of Artifice Comments and analysis of A Work Of Artifice by Marge Piercy 291 Comments
8455 What Are Big Girls Made Of? Comments and analysis of What Are Big Girls Made Of? by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
6649 The Friend Comments and analysis of The Friend by Marge Piercy 10 Comments
5365 My Mother's Body Comments and analysis of My Mother's Body by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
5114 To the Pay Toilet Comments and analysis of To the Pay Toilet by Marge Piercy 264 Comments
4711 The Cat's Song Comments and analysis of The Cat's Song by Marge Piercy 3 Comments
4390 Always Unsuitable
4356 Traveling Dream Comments and analysis of Traveling Dream by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
3392 Toad Dreams Comments and analysis of Toad Dreams by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
3259 Implications of One Plus One Comments and analysis of Implications of One Plus One by Marge Piercy 2 Comments
3068 The Morning Half-Life Blues
3012 Attack of the Squash People
729 You Ask Why Sometimes I Say Stop
716 Colors Passing Through Us Comments and analysis of Colors Passing Through Us by Marge Piercy 1 Comment
442 Winter Promises
427 Visiting a Dead Man on a Summer Day
413 Barbie Doll Comments and analysis of Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy 10 Comments
219 For the Young Who Want To
210 The Woman in the Ordinary
148 The Neighbor
46 Belly Good


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