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Early grrrl : the early poems of Marge Piercy.
Piercy, Marge.
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Wellfleet, Mass. : Leapfrog Press, [1999]

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xi, 157 pages ; 21 cm
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The 'Grrrl' phenomenon is a contemporary expression of young women's humor and rage exploding in books and zines, concerts, films, and the internet. In homage to a new generation of tough young feminists, Marge Piercy presents a gathering of poems that reveal the poet as an early 'Grrrl.' Comprising over ninety poems selected from four books now out of print; poems previously published in literary magazines but never before collected and very early poems never published, this volume presentsthe bold and passionate political verse for which Piercy is well known alongside poems celebrating the sensual pleasures of gardening and cooking and sex; funny poems about New Year's Eve and warring boom boxes; vulnerable poems in which a young working class woman from the Midwest takes stock of herself and the limits of her world. For longtime fans and those new to Piercy's early work, this volume is an indispensable addition to the oeuvre of one of America's best-known and best-selling poets.Marge Piercy is the author of fifteen novels and fifteen books of poetry, most recently 'The Art of Blessing the Day' (Knopf, 1999) a selection of Piercy's Jewish-themed poems. 'What Are Big Girls Made Of?' (Knopf, 1997) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and selected as one of their Most Notable Books of the Year by the American Library Association. In October, 1999, she will be a featured poet on the Bill Moyers' PBS-TV poetry specials "Fooling with Words" and "The Sounds of Poetry" and her newest novel, 'Three Women' will be published by William Morrow. TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface, .xiFrom 'THE TWELVE SPOKED WHEEL FLASHING' The meaningful exchange, 4 Five thousand miles, 5 The summer invasion, and the fall, 6 Nothing you can have, 9 Archipelago, 12 The first salad of March, 15 Exodus, 16 Ask me for anything else, 18 What is permitted, 20 A gift of light, 22 Short season, 27 Ghosts, 29 The new novel, 31 Women of letters, 32From 'LIVING IN THE OPEN' The token woman, 37 The clearest joy, 39 Make me feel it, 40 Sage and rue, 42 River road, High Toss, 44 Paradise Hollow, 45

Author Notes

Poet and novelist Marge Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 31, 1936. She received a B. A. from the University of Michigan and an M. A. from Northwestern. She is involved in the Jewish renewal and political work and was part of the civil rights movement. She won the Arthur C. Clarke award. Besides writing her own novels and collections of poetry, she has collaborated with her husband Ira Wood on a play, The Last White Class, and a novel, Storm Tide. In 1997, they founded a small literary publishing company called the Leapfrog Press. She currently lives in Cape Cod.

(Bowker Author Biography) Marge Piercy is the author of 14 previous poetry collections and 14 novels. In 1990 her poetry won the Golden Rose, the oldest poetry award in the country. She lives on Cape Cod.

(Publisher Provided) Marge Piercy is the author of 35 books of poetry & fiction, including the best sellers "Gone to Soldiers" & "The Longings of Women".

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Booklist Review

Piercy is a poet of womanhood and compassion, conscience and spirit, and her poems are as magnetic as mirrors: no one can resist them, and all, at least every woman, will catch a glimpse of themselves in their warm and dancing light. In The Art of Blessing the Day, Piercy has assembled new and selected poems that reflect Jewish life as she has known it, both in the bosom of her family and out in a world hostile to the tradition. Piercy writes both of an inherited sense of Jewishness and of a faith she has come to live within, bringing to it her passions for language and justice. Piercy portrays her grandmother and her mother, her father and her uncle, using, in one poem, buttons in a tin as mnemonic devices to call up visions of the past. She dwells often on the blessings of food and of contact with people, pets, and the wilder world outdoors. Every thought and metaphor is fluid with life and sensuality yet contained by good sense and humor. These are the work of a practiced poet, but it is obvious from the bright, saucy, and shrewd early poems collected in Early Grrrl that Piercy's gift, like her Jewishness, is the fruit of both nature and nurture. Piercy has dedicated this collection of long-out-of-print and never-before-published works to the women of the vibrant Grrrl movement--a feisty form of feminist expression found in zines and music and on the Web--because Piercy had been Grrrl long before Grrrl got its name. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Piercy's 15th collection of poetry starts in the mid-1970s and works backwards, beginning with excerpts from out-of-print works and ending with juvenilia and a section of previously uncollected work written over the last quarter-century. The "nudge" ("Song of the Nudge") is a familiar presence here, for this writer likes to fly in the face of restraint, decorum, and subtlety. When asked to have patience, she replies, in "Ask Me for Anything Else," "I am empty with wanting,/ not like a box/ but like a tiger's belly." Her poems acknowledge two types of readers: one presumably male, who while loving, opposes and resists her ravenous appetites; the other female, the women "retelling/ agonies like amber worry beads." In her introduction, Piercy claims to be a source of inspiration to young writers she admires‘the "grrrls" of web-based feminism‘and she even has her own web page. This selection may not include her strongest work, but will be important to those who follow her closely.‘Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.