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My Mother's Body: Poems

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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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Andrea
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love the poems in the first section re: her mother, particularly 'Putting the good things away', 'What remains' & 'They inhabit me.' I also just like Piercy - her sharpness and love of cats and sense of humour (see: 'Cold head, cold heart').
Brittany
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Taking its title from one of her strongest and most moving poems, this powerful collection of poetry is well balanced, complex, honest and intimate.



Tabitha
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The poems about her mother make my heart raw. She hits every painful mother daughter nerve.
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Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
Rosemary
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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A reminder that poetry is an "underrated pleasure."
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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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