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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (March 12, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394738594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394738598
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Her seventh and most wide ranging collection. In the 1st of 2 sections, the poems move from the amusingly elegiac to the erotic, the classical to the funny. The 2nd section is a series of 15 poems for a calendar based on lunar rather than solar divisions

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on June 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
My copy is the one dog-eared, worn volume always where I can find it on the bookshelf. Usually poetry volumes contain some winners and some losers, but I've read every poem cover to cover repeatedly, had favorites, sent copies to women who inspired me, and loved my copy in some rough times. Piercy's poems raise the bar for what women can be in poetry- hers are real- warts and all. And nevertheless, her first-person poetry makes those flaws both recognizable and even at times endearing. The tragedies are laced with revelation, the lovers are never perfect, and even Piercy's piece devoted to lost luggage evokes those little moments which become laughable and yet epic in their betrayal.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1998
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If I were to pick a favorite book of poetry this would be it! I stumbled across a copy while on vacation in Maine and spent hours on the beach reading these poems out loud. While some are extremely political and touch on very painful topics, I feel strongly that Marge Piercy has allowed her readers to tap into her inner beliefs, and feelings. It is a very special person who is able to do this, and this collection of poems is wonderful in allowing us to see the many facets of this poet. Imagery, analogy, whatever you connect with, you'll find it in this book. I lent my copy to a friend and it was never returned so I'm back here buying a second!!!! If you're considering this book, don't hesitate a second longer, you'll love it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Temple on January 2, 2002
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If you were to own only five books of poetry in your entire life, this should be one of them - earthy, thoughtful, good like crusty home-baked bread and and as sweet on the tongue as honey.
Wonderful.
I have no doubt that it will still be continuously in print for the next 20 years, too, and double that again.
Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Swain on January 21, 2003
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And not only that, but they are powerful and smelly and they MAKE MISTAKES. There is nothing more empowering than finding out that making mistakes is alright, and that was the strongest message I got from this book when I read it at the tender age of 15. It changed my life, ensuring that I would grow to tell boys "NO", and that I would tell myself "YES", and more than that, that I would be able to forgive myself for both of those answers. "Cats Like Angels" and "For Strong Women" should be required reading for all women, and everyone who LOVES women.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2004
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I like poetry with imagery that resolves into a shift in vantage point; this is something of which Marge Piercy is a master. The poems are in some aspects raw and gutsy, others are lyrical and meditative. I read "The Doughty Oaks" outloud to someone who also admired its tight imagery of a miser in rags, and the contradiction at the end of the poem. The last set of poems in the book are based on the Celtic Lunar calendar (in name only, this isn't Wicca) as a way for Piercy to celebrate the lunar calendar of the body and of the Jewish religion as well--whose festivals fall on lunar dates and account for our shifting Easter holiday. Well worth reading if you like poetry. This is one book I will be pulling off the shelf from time to time, to find new aspects of meaning.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
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This book was exactly what I wanted. The poems are all unique, but all share a wonderful thread or womanly pride and celebration. I read it from cover to cover, laughing and crying all the way through. I loved it and would recommend any of her books...especially this one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie VINE VOICE on September 1, 2001
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Piercy's poems in this collection touch my every emotion. They make me laugh, cry, consider, ache, scream and everything in the spaces between. I "had" to read this for a contemporary lit course in college over ten years ago. Problem was, I couldn't stop reading it. It was the first book I couldn't bring myself to sell back. It's exceptional, from the words on the pages to the typeface itself. Favorite include: "For the young who want to" "For strong women" "Poetry festival lover" and of course "The moon is always female." After reading it, you will feel like you know Piercy. And you will also better know yourself.
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