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3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Pierce's most compelling book of poems expresses the delights of the senses and the hard play of emotion. They celebrate the wonders of nature and explore the nature of love and friendship.
Paperback, 129 pages
Published February 12th 1988 by Knopf (first published 1988)
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Andrea
Nov 09, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it
Even though I only loved three poems in this collection, I am giving it four stars because I believe these three poems tackle topics in feminism and women's lives that don't normally get voiced.

In "Joy Road and Livernois," the speaker talks about the girls she grew up with and where they all ended up (spoiler: they met various terrible fates). This poem is haunting in that the speaker feels a certain amount of guilt for escaping Detroit while these women did not and were trapped by their impover
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Aug 24, 2007 Mark rated it liked it
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I don't have a lot of specifics in my memory, but I have always admired the humor and compassion of Marge Piercy's poetry. She is a prolific novelist as well, but for some reason, I've never been able to get into her novels. Possibly one of you will have a recommendation?
Jessie B.
Feb 16, 2015 Jessie B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Visceral and powerful, not what I was expecting having read her novels but still compelling.
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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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