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(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

Marge Piercy
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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 Michigan. Winning a Hopwood Award for Poetry and Fiction (1957) enabled her to finish college and spend some time in France, and her formal schooling ended with an M.A. from Northwestern University. Her first book of poems, Breaking Camp, was published in 1968.

An indifferent student in her early years, Piercy developed a love of ... more »

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  • ... probably all of the women in this book are working to make part of the same quilt to keep us from freezing to death in a world that grows harsher and bleaker—where male is the norm and the id...
    Marge Piercy (b. 1936), U.S. poet, novelist, and political activist. As quoted in Mountain Moving Day, by Elaine Gill (1973). "This book" was a fe...
  • Loving feels lonely in a violent world,
    irrelevant to people burning like last year's weed
    with bellies distended, with fish throats agape
    and flesh melting down to glue.
    W...
    Marge Piercy (b. 1936), U.S. poet, novelist, and political activist. "Community," lines 1-6 (1969). Referring to television and photographic image...
  • ''Remember that every son had a mother
    whose beloved son he was,
    and every woman had a mother
    whose beloved son she wasn't.''
    Marge Piercy (20th century), U.S. writer. "Doing It Differently," Circles on the Water (1892).
  • The real writer is one
    who really writes. Talent
    is an invention like phlogiston
    after the fact of fire.
    Work is its own cure. You have to
    like it better than being ...
    Marge Piercy (b. 1936), U.S. poet and novelist. "For the Young Who Want To," lines 31-36 (1980).
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  • Chano Leal (11/18/2012 2:40:00 PM)

    A STORY RESOUNDING OF A WOMAN WITH THUNDEROUS THIGHS
    THUD, THUD, GARGANUTIOUS PLIGHT
    ALAS SHE CARRIED A LARGE BULBOUS NOSE
    MARGE, TRULY APPRECIATIVE OF THY PROSE.

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