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

Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness.
My lover, my friend, my slave, my toy, says
the cat making on your chest his gesture of drawing
milk from his mother's forgotten breasts.

Let us walk in the woods, says the cat.
I'll teach you to read the tabloid of scents,
to fade into shadow, wait like a trap, to hunt.
Now I lay this plump warm mouse on your mat.

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