The Crooked Inheritance
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About the author
Marge Piercy is the author of sixteen previous books of poetry. She has also written seventeen novels, including Woman on the Edge of Time; Gone to Soldiers; He, She and It; City of Darkness, City of Light; and Sex Wars, as well as a memoir entitled Sleeping with Cats. With Ira Wood, she is the coauthor of So You Want to Write: How to Master the Craft of Fiction and the Personal Narrative, now in its second edition. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages, and she has won many honors, including, in 1990, the Golden Rose, the oldest poetry award in the country. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, Ira Wood, the novelist and publisher of Leapfrog Press.
From the Hardcover edition.
An “exquisite . . . spot on” (The Hudson Review) collection of poems from one of our best-loved and best-selling poets that is both personal, with poetry about love, nature and reflections on the stages of life, and political, ranging from the war in Iraq and Katrina to concerns such as women’s rights and the poet’s childhood in Detroit.
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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
; August 2013
176 pages; ISBN 9780307494665Read online
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Title: The Crooked Inheritance
Author: Marge Piercy
In the press
“The title of this new collection–The Crooked Inheritance–is a reminder of how much we inherit from these poems: eloquent outrage against war and injustice; vivid evocations of a working-class family; gritty recollections of the city; a passionate appreciation for mature love. Every poem burns with an intelligence that cannot be extinguished; everywhere a delightfully subversive sense of humor unleashes itself. May the poems of Marge Piercy be the legacy this generation leaves to the world; these poems represent the best of who we are.”--Martín Espada“Marge Piercy, spokesperson for the under-dog and under-privileged, has a unique gift for making political poetry gutsy, even fun, and nature writing palpably sensual.” -- Diana Der-Hovanessian, president of New England Poetry Club and author of The Second Question“Marge Piercy’s appetite in this new collection of poems is robust, vigorous and hybrid. Like a lightning rod, she brings large energies to ground, looking with her customary directness at exactly what is, yet transforming it by her looking as well. Piercy’s poetry raises hope, and raises also the deep hungers that affirm life’s presence in all its fullness–hunger for mangoes, love, work, light, beeswax, usefulness, plungings of language, openness, mystery, peaches, peace.” —Jane Hirshfield
From the Hardcover edition.