Marge Piercy

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Marge Piercy Biography

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 Mich ...

Marge Piercy Poems

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.

To Be Of Use

The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

A Work Of Artifice

The bonsai tree
in the attractive pot
could have grown eighty feet tall
on the side of a mountain

Colors Passing Through Us

Purple as tulips in May, mauve
into lush velvet, purple
as the stain blackberries leave
on the lips, on the hands,

What Are Big Girls Made Of?

The construction of a woman:
a woman is not made of flesh
of bone and sinew
belly and breasts, elbows and liver and toe.

Marge Piercy Quotes

11 November 2014

She never felt much in common with gay men; it was like telling her she ought to feel empathy with child molesters because they were both defined by the law as sexual deviants.

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Chano Leal 18 November 2012


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Rachael Brennan 22 June 2015

Marge Piercy has been my all time favourite poet for several decades now. And she still impresses me.

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p.a. noushad 10 May 2015

Dear Marge Piercy, I like your verses.

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Isaac Halberstadt 12 August 2017

I came across her work quite by accident while scanning the shelves of a dusty old book store, I was intrigued by the title, 'The Moon is Always Female'. I took it down and was further intrigued by the cover, a painting of the moon being Eclipsed by a grinning, green-eyed Cheshire Cat. I opened it up at random and was intrigued further still by the poem titled 'For Strong Women'. I read the poem, and was hooked for life. Marge Peircy's poetry breathes a sensitive femininity which is calloused with hard-won respect and gritty with the determination to make a better world through her words and experiences. She is not afraid to show her cuts bruises, nor is she afraid to cut and bruise the reader in return with her dagger-sharp words and inescapable imagery that barrels down on you like a freight train. To read her works is to be made very small and very strong, all at the same time.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 22 August 2021

Dear Great Poetess Marge Piercy, I like very much reading your powerful words in your amazing poetry! Best regards, Sylvia Frances Chan in The Netherlands

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Kumarmani Mahakul 02 December 2020

Poems of poetess Marge Piercy motivates many of the world readers due to magical effect. We love reading her poems.

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Bri Edwards 18 November 2018

Barbie Doll goes to MyPoemList and into my December 2018 showcase. Thanks. bri (:

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Bri Edwards 15 November 2018

i just read Marge's Barbie Doll. i found it to be a fantastic write. it's about how people are treated and how they may react when they are NOT 'picture-perfect' [women] as portrayed on covers (and in centerfolds) of magazines, in TV ads, and on couter runways. bri (:

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Sandra Gloystein 05 November 2017

This blew me away. I stumbled upon this by sheer luck. Thank you for sharing this.

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