Marge Piercy

(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

Marge Piercy Poems

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

Man stomping over my bed in boots
carrying a large bronze church bell
which you occasionally drop:
gross man with iron heels
who drags coffins to and fro at four in the morning,
who hammers on scaffolding all night long,
who entertains sumo wrestlers and fat acrobats--
I pass you on the steps, we smile and nod.
Rage swells in me like gas.

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