Marge Piercy

(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

Marge Piercy Poems

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

That afternoon the dream of the toads
rang through the elms by Little River
and affected the thoughts of men,
though they were not conscious that
they heard it.--Henry Thoreau

The dream of toads: we rarely
credit what we consider lesser

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