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Author: PIERCY, MARGE
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Piercy, Marge    Poet's Biography
161 poems available by this author


A CANDLE IN A GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you died, it was time to light the first
Subject(s): Jewish Families


A KIND OF THEFT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the season of making vinegars,
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


A NEW CONSTELLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We go intertwined, him and you
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A STORY AS WET AS TEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember the princess who kissed the frog
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A VALLEY WHERE I DON'T BELONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The first cocks begin clearing the throat of morning
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A WORK OF ARTIFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bonsai / in the attractive pot
Subject(s): Bonsai; Poetry & Poets


AFTER THE LOSS    Poem Text    
First Line: A storm rips the leaves
Last Line: Litter of dead leaves
Subject(s): Storms


AFTER THE WIND ABATED, HE WALKED OUT AND DIED    Poem Text    
First Line: A little green snake trapped
Last Line: And the long cold between the stars
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ALL LOVERS HAVE SECRET NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The day I forget to write
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ALWAYS UNSUITABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: She wore little teeth of pearls around her neck.
Subject(s): Sex; Conduct Of Life


AMIDAH: ON OUR FEET WE SPEAK TO YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: We rise to speak / a web of bodies aligned like notes of music
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ANOTHER COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I visited with the porpoises
Last Line: That harvest the tuna like wheat
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents


ANOTHER OBITUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: We were filled with the strong wine
Subject(s): Rich, Adrienne (1929-2012); Women's Rights; Feminism


APPLE SAUCE FOR EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Those old daddies cursed you and us in you
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AT THE NEW MOON: ROSH HODESH    Poem Text    
First Line: Once a two day holiday, the most sacred stretches
Last Line: Breast, opening, pool, the source
Subject(s): Prayer; Jews; Moon


AT THE WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Though I'm blind now and age
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ATTACK OF THE SQUASH PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: And thus the people every year
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Vegetables


AVAILABLE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ripe and runny as perfect brie, at this age
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BARBIE DOLL    Poem Text    
First Line: This girlchild was born as usual
Subject(s): Death; Sexism; Dead, The


BEAUTY I WOULD SUFFER FOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Last week a doctor told me
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks


BELLY GOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: A heap of wheat, says the song of songs
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BEYTZEH: SEASON OF THE EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: It's the season of the egg
Last Line: To do and stronger light
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Eggs


BLACK MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: On montagne noire creeping everywhere under the / beech trees
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BREADCRUMBS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some time on rosh hashanah I go
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BRIDGEING    Poem Text    
First Line: Being together is knowing
Subject(s): Togetherness; Bridges


CATS LIKE ANGELS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Sex


CHAROSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet and sticky
Last Line: Tonight in the mind
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Passover; Food & Eating; Ceremonies & Rituals


CHAZERET: LETTUCE IN REBELLION    Poem Text    
First Line: Bland almost as water
Last Line: Waving your own new flag
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Food & Eating


CHOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: Would you rather have health insurance
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


COLD HEAD, COLD START    Poem Text    
First Line: I suppose no one has ever died of a head cold
Subject(s): Illness


COLORS PASSING THROUGH US    Poem Text    
First Line: Purple as tulips in may, mauve
Subject(s): Colors


COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: White butterflies, with single
Subject(s): Jewish Families


DIRTY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow lies on my fields
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


DISLOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: It happens in an instant.
Subject(s): Accidents


EAT FRUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Keep your legs crossed, mother said. Drinking
Subject(s): Jewish Families


END OF DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Almost always with cats, the end
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FATHERS AND SONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Abraham laboring for dominion and increase
Last Line: The road of shards, hands joined
Subject(s): Abraham; Sons


FEBRUARY GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Three feet of snow in twenty-four hours
Subject(s): Snow


FIRST SOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Peas are the first thing we plant
Subject(s): Peas; Seeds


FIRST TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Love felled me
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


FOR A BALLERINA WHO DIED OF ANOREXIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Her body inscribes an arc like a fine metal
Last Line: By eaters of large expensive dinners
Subject(s): Anorexia Nervosa; Ballet


FOR EACH AGE, ITS AMULET    Poem Text    
First Line: Each illness has its demon, burning you with
Last Line: Taped and stolen from every living person
Subject(s): Charms (Magic); Spies; Jewish Families


FOR SHE IS A TREE OF LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cramped living room of my childhood
Subject(s): Jewish Families


FOR STRONG WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: A strong woman is a woman who is straining.
Subject(s): Women


FOR THE YOUNG WHO WANT TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Talent is what they say / you have after the novel
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FOX IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The grey fox, so called
Subject(s): Foxes


GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: You know when you unwrap them:
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving


GRACIOUS GOODNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the beach where we had been idly
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


GROWING UP HAUNTED    Poem Text    
First Line: When I enter through the hatch of memory
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HAVDALAH    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun slides from the sky
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HOUSE BUILT OF BREATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Words plain as pancakes syruped with endearment
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HOW YOU STARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your smile is a rubber ball


I AWAKE FEATHERED    Poem Text    
First Line: I awake covered in feathers
Subject(s): Birds


IMPLICATIONS OF ONE PLUS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes we collide, tectonic plates merging,
Subject(s): Relationships


IN PRAISE OF JOE    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you hot
Subject(s): Coffee


IN THE ATTIC OF MY DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I imagine an attic
Last Line: Into my ears their stories and songs
Subject(s): Attics; Dreams; Ancestors & Ancestry


IN THE DEPARTMENT STORE    Poem Text    
First Line: The women who work at cosmetics
Subject(s): Department Stores


IN THE GRIP OF THE SOLSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Feels like a train roaring into night
Subject(s): Jewish Families


IN THE MEN'S ROOM(S)    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was young I believed in intellectual conversation:
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


INTERSPECIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I was teaching a residency in cincinnati
Subject(s): Loneliness; Alienation (Social Psychology); Friendship; Zoos; Estrangement; Outcasts


IT ARRIVES SUDDENLY AND CARRIES US OFF AS USUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes in early june I am standing
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


KADDISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Look around us, search above us, below, behind
Subject(s): Jewish Families


KARPAS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am one of those weird people
Subject(s): Jewish Families


KARPAS AND SALT WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: So that the gardeners say it goes
Subject(s): Jewish Families


LEARNING TO READ    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother would not teach me to read
Subject(s): Jewish Families


LONG NIGHT OF THE INCOMPLETE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the brief light of the stolstice
Last Line: Dying in the throat like the year
Subject(s): Night; Mortality; Time


LOOKING AT QUILTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who decided what is useful in its beauty
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Women of dark houses
Last Line: Dim fiery pain
Subject(s): Women; Houses; Grief


MAGGID    Poem Text    
First Line: The courage to let go of the door, the handle
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Jews - Women


MAROR    Poem Text    
First Line: A bitter cud / biting into the bitter, that bites back
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MATZOH    Poem Text    
First Line: Flat you are as a door mat
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MEDITATION BEFORE READING TORAH    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the people of the word
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MORE THAN ENOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: The first lily of june opens its red mouth.
Subject(s): Summer; Spring; Flowers


MORNING ATHLETES    Poem Text    
First Line: Most mornings we go running side by side
Subject(s): Sports; Women


MOTOWN, ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fog used to bloom off the distant river
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


MY HEROINES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think of women heroes,
Subject(s): Heroines


MY MOTHER GIVES ME HER RECIPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take some flour. Oh, I don't know,
Subject(s): Mothers; Bakeries & Bakers


MY MOTHER'S BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark socket of the year
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MY MOTHER'S NOVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Married academic woman ten
Subject(s): Jews - Women; Writing & Writers


MY RICH UNCLE, WHOM I ONLY MET THREE TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: We were never invited to his house
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Jewish Families; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


NAILING UP THE MEZUZAH    Poem Text    
First Line: A friend from greece
Subject(s): Jewish Families


NISHMAT    Poem Text    
First Line: When the night slides under with the last dimming star
Subject(s): Jewish Families


OH, VEBLEN, THIS IS MUCH BETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Years and modes ago, in the heyday
Subject(s): Poetry Readings; Detroit, Mcihigan; Mansions


OLD MOON CRADLING THE NEW MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: What we have known is fully formed
Subject(s): Moon


ON GUARD    Poem Text    
First Line: I want you for my bodyguard
Subject(s): Togetherness


ON SHABBAT SHE DANCES IN THE CANDLE FLAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: How we danced then, you can't imagine
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ONE BIRD, IF THERE IS ONLY ONE, DIES IN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I dropped my spoon into my yogurt
Last Line: Who might warm us through a lethal night's freeze
Subject(s): Birds; Compassion


ONE REASON I LIKE OPERA    Poem Text    
First Line: In movies, you can tell the heroine
Subject(s): Opera; Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


OUT OF THE RUBBISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Among my mother's things I found
Subject(s): Jewish Families


PHOTOGRAPH OF MY MOTHER SITTING ON THE STEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother who isn't anyone's
Last Line: The sun of love
Subject(s): Mothers


POP-SICLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Martina had a mama, anna-lisa
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


PUTTING THE GOOD THINGS AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the drawer were folded fine
Subject(s): Jewish Families


QUARREL IN THE BERRY PATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: I gave you the cherries this year,
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Birds


RAPE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no difference between being raped
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


RETURN TO LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman is not a pear tree
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


RETURNING TO THE CEMETERY IN THE OLD PRAGUE GHETTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Like bad teeth jammed crooked in a mouth
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SALT WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a bowl of tears on the table
Last Line: The salt of regret and the salt of effort
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Salt


SHABBAT MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A scarf trailing / over the lilac sunset
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SIGN    Poem Text    
First Line: The first white hair coils in my hand
Subject(s): Aging; Hair; Self-pity


SIMPLE-SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When we are going toward someone we say
Subject(s): Love


SNOWFLAKES, MY MOTHER CALLED THEM    Poem Text    
Last Line: Stood, made of skill and absence
Subject(s): Mothers; Grandparents; Snow; Childhood Memories


SOME THINGS RETURN IN SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: The brave spears of the garlic
Subject(s): Spring


SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Menopause -- word used as an insult
Subject(s): Menopause


SOMETIMES WHILE I AM CHANTING'    Poem Text    


SWEAR IT    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother swore ripely, inventively
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


TASHLICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Go to the ocean and throw the crumbs in
Last Line: He will broil my sins for supper
Subject(s): Rites & Ceremonies; Jews


THE ALTNEUSHUL IN THE OLD PRAGUE GHETTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Craggy lines stoop against a crowded sky
Last Line: Here you slam against the fact and then rejoice
Subject(s): Synagogues; Prague, Czech Republic; Ghettos


THE ARIA    Poem Text    
First Line: One crow comes now every morning
Last Line: Croutons. They throw a party
Subject(s): Birds; Crows


THE ARK OF CONSEQUENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The classic rainbow shows as an arc
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE ART OF BLESSING THE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the blessing for rain after drought
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE BOOK OF RUTH AND NAOMI    Poem Text    
First Line: When you pick up the tanakh and read
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE CAT'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness
Subject(s): Cats


THE CHUPPAH    Poem Text    
First Line: The chuppah stands on four poles
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE DAY MY MOTHER DIED    Poem Text    
First Line: I seldom have premonitions of death
Subject(s): Death - Mothers; Dead, The


THE FAITHLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep, you jade smooth liar
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


THE FLYING JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I never met my uncle dave
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat across the table.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The christian right, islamic jihad
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE GARDENER'S LITANY    Poem Text    
First Line: We plant, it is true
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE GLAMOUR OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: The glamour of it to a child all sniffing
Last Line: Curiosity fattened on those scraps
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Nostalgia; Ancestors & Ancestry


THE GOOD OLD DAYS AT HOME SWEET HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: On monday my mother washed.
Subject(s): Family Life; Mothers; Relatives


THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE INCONVENIENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Gardening is often a measured cruelty:
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE HEAD OF THE YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is dark tonight, a new
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE HOUSING PROJECT AT DRANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Trains without signs flee through paris
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE HUNGER MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow is frozen moonlight on the marshes
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE INFLUENCE COMING INTO PLAY: THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Under a sky the color of pea soup
Subject(s): Jews - Women


THE INSIDE CHANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dance like a jackrabbit / in the dunegrass, dance
Last Line: Like thousands of waving hands
Subject(s): Spring


THE LISTMAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a compiler of lists: 1 bag


THE MEANINGFUL EXCHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The man talks
Subject(s): Women


THE NEIGHBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Man stomping over my bed in boots
Subject(s): Neighbors; Anger


THE NEW YEAR OF THE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the new year of the trees, but here
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE PROMOTION    Poem Text    
First Line: My friend has become an administrator.
Subject(s): Corporate Life


THE RAM'S HORN SOUNDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Giant porcupine, I walk a rope braided
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE REAL HEARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's heat up the night to a boil
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE SECRETARY CHANT    Poem Text    
First Line: My hips are a desk
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE SKYSCRAPERS OF THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT DANCE WITH GASMAN       
First Line: The skyscrapers are dancing by the river
Subject(s): Skyscrapers; Wall Street, New York City


THE TAO OF TOUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: What magic does touch create
Subject(s): Touch (Sense)


THE TASK NEVER COMPLETED    Poem Text    
First Line: No task is ever completed
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Dina sent me a postcard
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE WINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Red is the body's own deep song
Last Line: That is the wine of life
Subject(s): Wine; Red (Color)


THE WORLD IN THE YEAR 2000    Poem Text    
First Line: It will be covered to a depth of seven
Subject(s): Packages


TO BE OF USE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The people I love the best
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


TO HAVE WITHOUT HOLDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Learning to love differently is hard
Subject(s): Love


TOAD DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dream of toads: we rarely
Subject(s): Dreams; Animals; Conduct Of Life; Nightmares


TOO LONG DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I just came on it like a rake in the grass
Last Line: In a gust of cherries and cinnamon
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Mourning; Dead, The


TRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The small birds leave cuneiform
Subject(s): Animals; Relationships


TRAVELING DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am packing to go to the airport
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dreams; Travel; Nightmares; Journeys; Trips


UNBUTTONING    Poem Text    
First Line: The buttons lie jumbled in a tin
Last Line: Left by vanished flesh
Subject(s): Death Mothers; Clothing & Dress; Body, Human


UP AND OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: We occupy neighborhoods like roominghouses
Subject(s): Jewish Families


V'AHAVTA    Poem Text    
First Line: So you shall love what is holy
Subject(s): Jewish Families


VISITING A DEAD MAN ON A SUMMER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In flat america, in chicago,
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Chicago; Graveyards


WELLFLEET SHABBAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The hawk eye of the sun slowly shuts
Subject(s): Jewish Families


WHAT ARE BIG GIRLS MADE OF?    Poem Text    
First Line: The construction of a woman:
Subject(s): Women


WHAT SHE CRAVED    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother sugared grapefruit; / my father salted it
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Mothers; Sugar


WHAT'S THAT SMELL IN THE KITCHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: All over america women are burning dinners
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks


WHERE DREAMS COME FROM    Poem Text    
First Line: A girl slams the door of her little room
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges; Ambition; Family Life; Relatives


WINTER PROMISES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tomatoes rosy as perfect baby's buttocks,
Subject(s): Winter; Tomatoes; Promises


WOMAN IN A SHOE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was an old woman who lived
Subject(s): Jewish Families


YOU ASK WHY SOMETIMES I SAY STOP    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Sex


YOUR FATHER'S FOURTH HEART ATTACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The phone cord is the umbilicus
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ZEROAH: LAMB SHANK    Poem Text    
First Line: It grosses out many of my friends
Subject(s): Jewish Families