Description Made in Detroit: Poems de Marge Piercy:
A treasure trove of new poems by one of our most sought-after poets: poems that range from descriptions of the Detroit of her childhood to her current life on Cape Cod, from deep appreciations of the natural world to elegies for lost friends and relationships, from a vision of her Jewish heritage to a hard-hitting take on today s political ironies. In her trademark style, combining the sublime with the gritty, Marge Piercy describes the night she was born: the sky burned red / over Detroit and sirens sharpened their knives. / The elms made tents of solace over grimy / streets and alley cats purred me to sleep. She writes in graphic, unflinching language about the poor, banished now by politicians because they are no longer real people like corporations. There are elegies for her peer group of poets, gone now, whose work she cherishes but from whom she cannot help but want more. There are laments for the suicide of dolphins and for her beloved cats, as she remembers exactly how I loved each. She continues to celebrate Jewish holidays in compellingly original ways and sings praises of her marriage and the small pleasures of daily life. This is a stunning collection that will please those who already know Marge Piercy s work and offer a splendid introduction to it for those who don t."
MARGE PIERCY is the author of eighteen previous poetry collections, a memoir, seventeen novels, and a new book of short stories. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages, and she has won many honors, including the Golden Rose, the oldest poetry award in the country. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, Ira Wood, the novelist, memoirist, community radio interviewer, and essayist. She has given readings, lectures, or workshops at more than five hundred venues in the States and abroad. www.margepiercy.com