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My Mother's Body, Marge Piercy's tenth book of poetry, takes its title from one of her strongest and most moving poems, the climax of a powerful sequence of Poems to her mother. Rooted in an honest, harrowing, but ally ecstatic confrontation of the mother / daughter relationship in all its complexity and intimacy, it is at the same time an affirmation of continuity and ide ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published March 12th 1985 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Unfortunately, It Was Paradise by Mahmoud DarwishA World of Verse by Christopher  ShieldsThe Moon Is Always Female by Marge PiercyThe Book of Light by Lucille CliftonUndersong by Audre Lorde
Best Poetry for Collective Liberation
22nd out of 35 books — 9 voters
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One of the most interesting parts of this collection is the inclusion of two poems by Piercy's husband, Ira Wood, both of which talk about marriage alongside Piercy's own poetry. He has a less angry, more even-handed tone than Piercy, but it still threw me off since in a Marge Piercy poetry collection, I expect to see all poems by Marge Piercy.

The rest of the collection fell kind of flat for me. I didn't hate it, but there wasn't much spectacular going on. Some may disagree with me, but I found
I started this ages ago and sadly find poetry really hard to persevere with despite loving it, but this was really lovely. my favourite was the last poem
Taking its title from one of her strongest and most moving poems, this powerful collection of poetry is well balanced, complex, honest and intimate.

Poetry based on her memories of her mother-and her love for her husband. I like her poetry cause it's got a sarcastic sense of humor.
The poems about her mother make my heart raw. She hits every painful mother daughter nerve.
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811.54 P618m 1985
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Marge Piercy (born March 31, 1936) is an American poet, novelist, and social activist. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers, a sweeping historical novel set during World War II.

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
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