Mars and Her Children

“There is no poet writing today who can give us the sensuous world as Marge Piercy does in these marvelous poems. At last I have found someone worthy of Colette, she who also kept life alive in troubled times by describing a cat or a flower.” -May Sarton


“These are wise poems, ripe with the sweetness of apples, pithy with tartness of truth. Each is a veritable parable of right living minus any hint of sour righteousness. Absolute awe is the core. This is Marge Piercy at her best.” -Joy Harjo


“When you see her name in the table of contents of a magazine, you turn at once to her poem, story, or essay. When you see her book in the store, you buy it before reading the reviews, knowing that this work is necessary to your enlightenment and survival. It’s a short list: Nadine Gordimer, Adrienne Rich, Margaret Atwood and Marge Piercy.. . She is one of these women, and yet her own unique and original self. I’d know that voice anywhere.” -Carolyn Kizer


In this major new collection, Marge Piercy writes with power and illumination about our lives as the century draws to a close. These poems deal with the pleasures and problems of living together or apart, and with love, sexual and familial. The poet continues to explore her Jewish identity, and, as always in Piercy’s work, she is concerned with The situation of women.