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The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010

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This new gathering of Marge Piercys 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.

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Synopsis:

This new gathering of Marge Piercy’s poems—funny, angry, in awe of life, compassionate—brings us the heart of her mature work, the first selected since Circles on the Water in 1982.

Here, poems chart the milestone events and fierce passions of the poet’s middle years, her Judaism, her deep connection with nature, her politics. There is the death of her mother, whom we meet as a young woman, “awkwardly lovely, her face / pure as a single trill perfectly / prolonged on a violin.” She celebrates her new marriage not only for its romantic beginning, but for its quieter details: “love cherishes too the back pockets, / the pencil ends of childhood fears.” In every poem we hear the current of her convictions, which she declares in language unmistakably and colorfully her own, as when she encourages her readers to go to the opera instead of the movies because “the heroine is fifty and weighs as much as a ’65 Chevy with fins.” And, in several poems, bearing the loss of people and time, 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 “Tracks”

About the Author

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen collections of poetry. In 1990 her poetry won the Golden Rose, the oldest poetry award in the country. She is also the author of a memoir, Sleeping with Cats, and seventeen novels, most recently Sex Wars. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, the novelist Ira Wood.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307594105
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
American - General
Author:
Piercy, Marge
Subject:
Single Author / General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
General Poetry
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 in 1.5 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010
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"Synopsis" by , This new gathering of Marge Piercy’s poems—funny, angry, in awe of life, compassionate—brings us the heart of her mature work, the first selected since Circles on the Water in 1982.

Here, poems chart the milestone events and fierce passions of the poet’s middle years, her Judaism, her deep connection with nature, her politics. There is the death of her mother, whom we meet as a young woman, “awkwardly lovely, her face / pure as a single trill perfectly / prolonged on a violin.” She celebrates her new marriage not only for its romantic beginning, but for its quieter details: “love cherishes too the back pockets, / the pencil ends of childhood fears.” In every poem we hear the current of her convictions, which she declares in language unmistakably and colorfully her own, as when she encourages her readers to go to the opera instead of the movies because “the heroine is fifty and weighs as much as a ’65 Chevy with fins.” And, in several poems, bearing the loss of people and time, 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 “Tracks”

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