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What are big girls made of? : poems

Author: Marge Piercy
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2004, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What Are Big Girls Made Of? is full of poems - funny, serious, angry, delightful - that illumine the experience of being a woman. The title poem is a lament for women who allow themselves to be caught in the painful dilemma of being "retooled, refitted and redesigned" to match the style of every decade. Others extol the salty pleasures of middle age: making love with a familiar and adored partner; the ease with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marge Piercy
ISBN: 0679450653 9780679450658 0679765948 9780679765943
OCLC Number: 426334538
Awards: Winner of ALA Notable Books (Poetry) 1998
Description: x, 159 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Brother-less one: Sun god --
Brother-less two: Palimpsest --
Brother-less three: Never good enough --
Brother-less four: Liars' dance --
Brother-less five: Truth as a cloud of moths --
Brother-less six: Unconversation --
Brother-less seven: Endless end --
What are big girls made of? --
Pop-sicle --
Elegy in rock, for Audre Lorde --
A day in the life --
The promotion --
A little monument --
Half vulture, half eagle --
The grey flannel sexual harassment suit --
All systems are up --
Between two Hamlets --
All day all night talk radio --
The thief --
The new Rock Island Line --
For two women shot to death in Brookline, Massachusetts --
Moonburn --
Liars' dice --
A warm place becomes a cold place --
All lovers have secret names --
Little acts of love --
The negative ion dance --
Dance of the trees --
Your standard mid life crisis --
Duet that trails off --
Salt in the afternoon --
Belly good --
The puzzle --
The retreat --
Reshaping each other --
On guard --
Ancient wood --
Blizzard in March --
March comes in on cleft hooves --
The visitation --
The voice of the grackle --
Thousands of morning moths --
In June, the young deer are almost tame --
Death of a doe on Chequesset Neck --
The sky changes --
A quick and quiet one --
Crow babies --
The level --
October eclipse --
Off season rental --
Trying our metal --
Transfixed on the bank --
Syzygy --
My boa --
If we can't find it, we make it --
The world from below --
Growing up haunted --
The flying Jew --
My rich uncle, whom I only met three times --
On the road in middle age --
Diana inaccessible --
Reflections on a mirror --
The descent of Orphee --
The mean --
Kaddish --
Season of breakage --
After the wind abated, he walked out and died --
Season of the egg --
Matzoh --
A twitch in time --
Targets --
The price begins to mount --
The world unbandaged --
Coming up on September --
Breadcrumbs --
The art of blessing the day.
Responsibility: by Marge Piercy.
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"What Are Big Girls Made Of? is full of poems - funny, serious, angry, delightful - that illumine the experience of being a woman. The title poem is a lament for women who allow themselves to be caught in the painful dilemma of being "retooled, refitted and redesigned" to match the style of every decade. Others extol the salty pleasures of middle age: making love with a familiar and adored partner; the ease with which one comes to accept one's body - a good belly, for example, is "a maternal cushion radiating comfort," handed down from mother to daughter like a prize feather quilt." "Some of the book's most beautiful poems are about the precarious balance of nature: white butterflies mating "in Labor Day morning steam" (a poem for Rosh Hashana); a little green snake slithering back to the camouflage safety of grass; the cool song of an October lunar eclipse, as opposed to the dangerous implications of the sun's disappearance; the death of an exquisite doe." "Appropriately, from a poet who so winningly celebrates life in all its many variations, the book ends with the moving and simple "The Art of Blessing the Day": "Bless whatever you can/with eyes and hands and tongue. If you/can't bless it, get ready to make it new.""--Jacket.

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