Marge Piercy

(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

Marge Piercy Poems

1. Rape Poem 4/17/2015
2. The Secretary Chant 5/13/2015
3. The cup of Eliyahu 12/1/2015
4. The Birthday Of The World 3/17/2015
5. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day 1/3/2003
6. Toad Dreams 1/3/2003
7. Traveling Dream 1/3/2003
8. To The Pay Toilet 1/20/2003
9. The Morning Half-Life Blues 1/1/2004
10. The Neighbor 1/3/2003
11. Winter Promises 1/3/2003
12. Implications Of One Plus One 1/3/2003
13. The Friend 1/3/2003
14. The Cat's Song 1/3/2003
15. Attack Of The Squash People 1/3/2003
16. Belly Good 1/3/2003
17. The Woman In The Ordinary 1/3/2003
18. My Mother's Body 1/3/2003
19. Always Unsuitable 1/3/2003
20. For The Young Who Want To 1/3/2003
21. Colors Passing Through Us 1/3/2003
22. What Are Big Girls Made Of? 1/3/2003
23. To Be Of Use 1/3/2003
24. A Work Of Artifice 1/3/2003
25. Barbie Doll 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Marge Piercy

Barbie Doll

This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a...

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To The Pay Toilet

You strop my anger, especially
when I find you in restaurant or bar
and pay for the same liquid, coming and going.
In bus depots and airports and turnpike plazas
some woman is dragging in with three kids hung off her
shrieking their simple urgency like gulls.
She's supposed to pay for each of them
and the privilege of not dirtying the corporate floor.
Sometimes a woman in a uniform's on duty

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