The 'Grrrl' phenomenon is a contemporary expression of young women's humor and rage exploding in books and zines, concerts, films, and the internet. In homage to a new generation of tough young feminists, Marge Piercy presents a gathering of poems that reveal the poet as an early 'Grrrl.' Comprising over ninety poems selected from four books now out of print; poems previously published in literary magazines but never before collected and very early poems never published, this volume presents the bold and passionate political verse for which Piercy is well known alongside poems celebrating the sensual pleasures of gardening and cooking and sex; funny poems about New Year's Eve and warring boom boxes; vulnerable poems in which a young working class woman from the Midwest takes stock of herself and the limits of her world. For longtime fans and those new to Piercy's early work, this volume is an indispensable addition to the oeuvre of one of America's best-known and best-selling poets.
Praise for Early Grrrl
"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
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
movementa feisty form of feminist expression found in zines and music and on the
webbecause Piercy has been Grrrl long before Grrrl got its name."
"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 Many poems here are unpublished elsewhere.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 poets."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Marge Piercy is the author of fifteen novels and fifteen books of poetry, most recently The Art of Blessing the Day (Knopf) a selection of Piercy's Jewish-themed poems. What Are Big Girls Made Of? (Knopf, 1997) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and selected as one of their Most Notable Books of the Year by the American Library Association. Her new novel, Three Women (William Morrow) will be published in October, 1999.