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The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010 [Kindle Edition]

Marge Piercy
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Book Description

This new gathering of Marge Piercy’s poems—energetic, funny, political, full of vitality—brings us the heart of her mature work, the first selected since Circles on the Water in 1982.

Here are poems that chart the milestone events and fierce passions of her middle years: the death of her mother, whom we meet first as a young woman, “awkwardly lovely, her face / pure as a single trill perfectly / prolonged on a violin,” and again as an older woman musing on what the afterlife may hold for her. There is a new marriage which she celebrates not only for romantic beginnings but also for the more intimate details that emerge over time: “love cherishes too the backpockets, / the pencil ends of childhood fears.”

Some poems convey her long-held, never-wavering political convictions, which she declares in language unmistakably and colorfully her own, as when she encourages her feminist readers to go to the opera instead of the movies because at least there the heroine is real, “fifty and weighs as much as a ’65 Chevy with fins.”

Living out to sea on Cape Cod settles her into the rhythm of seasons and provides poems of planting and harvests, odes to tomatoes and roses, tributes to the power and freedom of whales. And in these years she rediscovers her Jewish heritage, celebrating holidays and making of them something new and original.

She begins to examine her own legacy:
I have worn the faces, the masks
of hieroglyphs, gods and demons,
bat faced ghosts, sibyls and thieves,
lover, loser, red rose and ragweed,
these are the tracks I have left
on the white crust of time.

From the Hardcover edition.

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About the Author

MARGE PIERCY is the author of eighteen collections of poetry; a memoir, Sleeping with Cats; and seventeen novels, most recently Sex Wars. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. In 1990 she won the Golden Rose, the oldest poetry award in the country. With her husband, the novelist Ira Wood, she has written a play, a novel, and most recently the second edition of So You Want to Write: How to Master the Craft of Fiction and Memoir.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1447 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 037571202X
  • Publisher: Knopf (March 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEFS2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunger Moon June 12, 2011
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Where have I been that I have missed the work of Marge Piercy? I was snagged by the appearance of "The Tao of Touch" on an internet Almanac and HAD to buy the book. Piercy spans a wide spectrum of emotions and attitudes in this book of poetry. There is such sensitivity to the powers of touch in one poem, diatribes against social and political injustice in others. She conjures up a revolution in America's kitchens with " What's that smell in the kitchen?", an absolute hoot. Can't wait to share this book with my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of her new stuff March 29, 2012
I confess I had forgotten about Marge Piercy. I read and used many of her older poems in liturgies and religious services and those are the books I had. I collected all of her "religious" stuff like Available Light years ago for spirituality purposes. While at a book store, I saw this book, purchased it and was really impressed. Between this volume and Circles on the Water, you will have her greatest hits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buttons and Eve December 11, 2011
This is a diverse collection of Marge Piercy's poems that tell it like it is. I didn't relate to every poem, but many of them stopped me in my tracks.

I love the poem about a collection of buttons in a tin. Just like the ones I have from my grandmothers sewing machine.


I carried them from my mother's
sewing table, a wise legacy
not only practical but better
able than fading snapshots
to conjure buried seasons.

Apple sauce for Eve

Those old daddies cursed you and us in you,
damned for your curiosity:for your sin
was wanting knowledge. To try, to taste,
to take into the body, into the brain
and turn each thing, each sign, each factoid
round and round as new facets glint and white
fractures into colors and the image breaks
into crystal fragments that pierce the nerves
while the brain casts the chips into patterns.

Each experiment sticks a finger deep in the pie
dares existence, blows a horn in the ear
of belief, lets the nasty and difficult brats
of real questions into the still air
of the desiccated parlor of stasis.
What we all know to be true, constant,
melts like frost landscapes on a window
in a jet of steam. How many last words
in how many dead languages would translate into,
But what happens if I, and Whoops!

I bought copies of this book as gifts for two women who I hope will also be moved and challenged by this work of poetry.
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