Marge Piercy

(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

Marge Piercy Poems

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

Comments about Marge Piercy

  • Sandra Gloystein Sandra Gloystein (11/5/2017 3:58:00 AM)

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

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  • Isaac Halberstadt Isaac Halberstadt (8/12/2017 11:57:00 AM)

    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.

  • Rachael Brennan (6/22/2015 2:39:00 PM)

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

  • p.a. noushad p.a. noushad (5/10/2015 2:15:00 AM)

    Dear Marge Piercy, I like your verses.

  • Chano Leal (11/18/2012 2:40:00 PM)


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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