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Marilyn Hacker's poems have been praised for their technical virtuosity, forthright feminism, political acuity, and unabashed eroticism.

Included are selections from Hacker's first book, Presentation Piece (1974), the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and a National Book Award Winner; Separations (1976); Taking Notice (1980), which was claimed as an i...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 17th 1994 by W. W. Norton & Company
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I don't quite know what to make of Hacker's poems. There's a whiff of rot and decay in the imagery from her early works that turns my stomach. Some poems are unsettling, like a cat that jumps onto your lap, sheds fur all over your clothes, knocks your glasses askew with his tail, then hops off, leaving you bewildered. I'm on surer ground when she writes of the intimate emotional terrain in her relationships with her daughter, husband, mother, lovers, and her past. Hacker's use of rhyme and meter...more
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while i do get tired of hacker in large chunks, possibly because she starts to sound "one-note" to me.
but her command and use of form is quite astounding, as is the way(like molly peacock) she has taken the sonnet back fro the boys and made it her own.
Perverse, erotic, and sometimes damning poetry. Hacker plays the lover, mother, daughter, stalker role all in one. Her collection reveals what a woman's identity can do: shapeshift, question, and shapeshift again.
Wasn't feeling it, though I heard "Billy the kid did what he did then he died."
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Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator, critic, and professor of English.

Her books of poetry include Presentation Piece (1974), which won the National Book Award, Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (1986), and Going Back to the River (1990). In 2009, Hacker won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for King of a Hundred Horsemen by Marie Étienne, which also garnered the first R...more
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