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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037571202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375712029
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Can't wait to share this book with my friends.
Alice J. Gresto
When I only have a bit of time to read, this is a great book to just pick up and flip to a poem by chance.
Sharon B Dearborn
Just like the ones I have from my grandmothers sewing machine.
Patricia Kramer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alice J. Gresto on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wright on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kramer on December 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.

Unbuttoning

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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