"Early Grrrl shows the skeptical eye how poets are born.
This collection has many delights for Piercy fans . . .This is
an important book. Many poems here are unpublished elsewhere.
Many are indispensable works from one of America's most important
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Piercy is a poet of womanhood and compassion, conscience
and spirit, and her poems are as magnetic as mirrors: no one can
resist them, and all, at least every woman, will catch a glimpse
of themselves in their warm and dancing light … It is obvious
from the bright, saucy and shrewd early poems collected in Early
Grrrl that Piercy's gift … is the truth of both nature and
nurture. Piercy has dedicated this collection of long-out-of-print
and never-before-published works to the women of the vibrant Grrrl
movement—a feisty form of feminist expression found in zines
and music and on the web—because Piercy has been Grrrl long
before Grrrl got its name."
"A glance at Early Grrrl: The Early poems of Marge Piercy
shows … the skeptical eye how a poet is born, how she evolves
and how a bunch of broken lines goes from being a novelty to poetry.
Piercy starts off being talented, but she ends being muscularly
gifted. Her best poems are like finely wrought sculptures…with
firm grasp of emotional nuance. They challenge and delight and
move. This collection has many delights for Piercy fans. This
is an important book."
— The Chicago Tribune
"This writer likes to fly in the face of restraint, decorum
and subtlety. [Early Grrrl] will be important to those who follow
her work closely."
— Library Journal
"Early Grrl stands on its own as a collection of potent,
forceful poems, but it is even sweeter to readers who will recognize
in the adolescent Piercy the woman she became. What a thrill to
watch as her signature themes, images and linguistic style take
"Early Grrrl resonates with the same passionate themes as
her later poetry: politics; gardening; the Holocaust; women; writing;
love; cats; and resonates with the contemporary energy of grrrl
zines, music and manifestoes."
Marge Piercy is the author of sixteen novels and sixteen books
of poetry, including Colors Passing Through Us (Knopf); The Art
of Blessing the Day (Knopf), a selection of her spiritual poems;
and What Are Big Girls Made Of? (Knopf), selected as a Best
Book of the Year by the American Library Association. Now out in paperback from Wm. Morrow/HaperCollins, Publishers
Weekly calls her latest novel The Third Child "a biting contemporary take on
Romeo and Juliet and an acidic commentary on Washington political
culture." Piercy's So You Want To Write: How to Master the Craft of
Writing Fiction and The Personal Narrative has been selected a
"Best Book of the Year for Writers." The Washington
Post calls her memoir, Sleeping with Cats (Wm. Morrow/HaperCollins):
"An enriching pleasure. A lovingly written memoir by
a woman in touch with what matters." She was born in Detroit
and has lived in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and
Paris. She now lives with her husband in a small fishing village on Cape Cod
and is at work on a book about Passover for Shocken/Random House, due out in Spring, 2006. Her new novel about the 19th Century sex wars
in post-Civil War NYC is due from Wm. Morrow/HarperCollins in December, 2005. Find out much more about Marge Piercy on
her website www.margepiercy.com.
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