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The Moon Is Always Female by Marge Piercy
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Jul 03, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2000s, poetry
Read in June, 2007 — I own a copy

Marge Piercy is one of the poets I first came into contact with when reading The Norton Introduction to Literature when undoubtedly I should have been doing something else. (The poem was "To Have Without Holding.") I picked up The Moon is Always Female because of the many times my friend S/E has mentioned it as one of her favorites. It's the kind of collection that it's nice to leave out where you can pick it up and randomly re-read a poem or two when the mood strikes you. "For the young who want to" is one of my favorite poems (by any poet) and I never tire of re-reading it. The last stanza: "The real writer is one / who really writes. Talent / is an invention like phlogiston / after the fact of fire. / Work is its own cure. You have to / like it better than being loved."
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