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Early Ripening: American Women's Poetry Now

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A generous collection of early poems by one of America's best known and bestselling poets. "Her poems are rough, direct, hairy, political, tremendously energetic. Visionary, vulnerable, and real".--Margaret Atwood.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Rivers Oram Press (first published February 1988)
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Jessica
Nov 25, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice collection of a range of Piercy's work. A treat to see some of her unpublished pieces going all the way back to high school!
TheBirdNerd
Dec 26, 2016 TheBirdNerd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of poems, there was variation between different styles and types of poems. A feast of different stimuluses, such as love, politics, race, religion, childhood, nostalgia and women's rights. It also educated me on poets that I had never heard of before. A.true celebration of women's poetry. :)
Kristin
May 11, 2009 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Piercy is a master of imagery especially through the use of brilliant similes, but sometimes I wanted her to be more straightforward.

My favorite poems from this collection were "Five thousand miles," which is about being far away from the person you love and "August," which reflects on the tense emotions that can arise from not knowing how to move forward with someone. She also includes a few poems in which she examines the dynamics of male/female relationships that I enjoyed.
Andrea
Apr 10, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read only the unpublished poem section of this book because I've read the poems from other collections. Again was I blown away by Piercy's tone as it developed in the early years. My favorite poem is the one about cat worship. She slips in a cat here and there in her poems, but this one let them shine fully. Great read!
Katie Freshley-Dodd
Beautiful imagery. Raw, emotive, feminist poetry that is written so wonderfully. This book has a collection of my favorite of Piercy's poems. They are touching and natural.
Sheila
Jan 15, 2009 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect voice to any leftover teenage angst.
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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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