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.
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- Barbie Doll
- To Be of Use
- A Work of Artifice
- What Are Big Girls Made Of?
- Always Unsuitable
- The Friend
- For the Young Who Want To
- The Woman in the Ordinary
- Implications of One Plus One
- Attack of the Squash People
- My Mother's Body
- The Cat's Song
- Winter Promises
- Colors Passing Through Us
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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 bleakerwhere 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,Marge Piercy (b. 1936), U.S. poet, novelist, and political activist. "Community," lines 1-6 (1969). Referring to television and photographic image...
irrelevant to people burning like last year's weed
with bellies distended, with fish throats agape
and flesh melting down to glue.
''Remember that every son had a motherMarge Piercy (20th century), U.S. writer. "Doing It Differently," Circles on the Water (1892).
whose beloved son he was,
and every woman had a mother
whose beloved son she wasn't.''
The real writer is oneMarge Piercy (b. 1936), U.S. poet and novelist. "For the Young Who Want To," lines 31-36 (1980).
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 ...
this quilt might be
the only perfect artifact a woman
would ever see, yet she did not doubt
what we had forgotten, that out of her
potatoes and colic, sawdust and blood
Marge Piercy (b. 1936), U.S. poet, novelist, and political activist. "Looking at Quilts," lines 44-49 (1976).
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