"A world-class poet and poetry reader, Piercy presents road-tested work that has inspired and infuriated for decades. Her legacy of social protest is long, and this collection of her political best underscores her relevance in the world of literary activism. This is an excellent audio production."
Christopher Caldwell | Read the whole Review
Piercy at the top of her form. A timely and important recording. Highly
Library Journal (starred review)
Louder is Piercys only collection limited to political poetry, and it is significant that it is an audio recording rather than a printed book. The medium is appropriate because these poems shout, grow quiet, express sarcasm, and, at times, change characters. The poems engage the audience as a conversation would. They ask questions and demand outrage, sadness, laughter, and empathy. Written in everyday language, their beauty lies not so much in how the syllables and words are put together but in the human, natural, industrial, and state-sanctioned images Piercy chooses to place alongside one another to form a particularly revealing view into the contradictions and injustices of U.S. society."
Monthly Review, June, 2004 | Read the whole Review
"Her poems are rough, direct, hairy, political, tremendously energetic, visionary, vulnerable and real."
Margaret Atwood, New York Times Book Review
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In January, 2003, as President Bush was lobbying for an invasion of Iraq, First Lady Laura Bush invited Marge Piercy, along with some of the countrys best known poets, to a symposium at The White House. Many of those poets questioned a quiet afternoon of literary discussion that ignored a debate about the impending war, and were joined by 13,000 others throughout the nation, who wrote poems in protest. Marge Piercy wrote Choices, eventually included in the infamous Poets Against the War Anthology but which found its way at internet speed into the political consciousness of the nation as well as a new generation of activists. Long praised for the breadth of her subject matter, Piercy suddenly found her political poemsnew poems about 9/11 and The Patriot Act as well as classics of deep social convictionin demand at readings across the country. The debate was getting louder.
Find out which of your favorite Piercy political peoms are on LOUDER
No other poet of this generation has more consistently identified herself with the political and social movements of her own times, writes Margaret Atwood in the New York Times Book Review. Recited in speeches by Gloria Steinem and Howard Zinn, on the radio by Garrison Keillor, and in rallies from coast to coast; scribbled on walls and posted on e-mail, Piercys political poems have become anthems for social change. But to locate these poems, Piercy fans have had to hunt through eight different volumes.
Louder, We Cant Hear You (Yet!) is an audio CD selection of twenty six of Piercys most popular political poems, introduced and performed by the author, with an accompanying 8 panel fold-out of photographs, an autobiographical sketch, and poems not yet found in any Piercy books.
In favorites such as To be of use, written during the Vietnam War; For strong women, and The low road, during the womens movement; No one came home, the elegy for 9/11; Right to life, the much anthologized poem about abortion; and the hilarious Sneak and Peek, the poets reply to The Patriot Act, Piercy confronts the social issues of our times in words that have become catchphrases, according to Erica Jong. Poem after poem has that kind of authority, power, and verbal brilliance.
One of a select handful of American poets to be a featured by Bill Moyers on his PBS television series, Marge Piercys reading style is powerful and unique; her poetry readings often standing-room-only events. She has performed at venues around the world, from the Library of Congress and New York Citys Public Theater to the Institute for Contemporary Art in London and at over four hundred universities nationwide. Louder, We Cant Hear You (Yet!) includes some of her most oft-requested poems, such as the deeply moving Rape poem and For two women shot to death in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as the very funny Whats that smell in the kitchen? and Report on the fourteenth subcommittee on convening a discussion group.
For anyone interested in whats been happening on the cutting edge during the past two decades, says The New York Times, shes clearly essential reading. Louder, We Cant Hear You (Yet!) Marge Piercys first- ever Audio CD and the only collection, in print or audio, of her political poems, is a unique addition to the oeuvre of one of Americas best known and best selling poets.
Marge Piercy is the author of sixteen novels including the national best sellers Gone to Soldiers and The Longings of Women; and the modern classics, Woman on the Edge of Time and He, She and It. Her most recent novel is: The Third Child, An acidic commentary on Washington political culture. Publishers Weekly. She is the author of sixteen highly praised volumes of poetry, including The Moon is Always Female, The Art of Blessing the Day and Colors Passing Through Us. Her memoir Sleeping with Cats is the story of growing up in center city Detroit, becoming a social activist and a major American writer. Coming from Morrow/HarperCollins in December, 2005 is Sex Wars, an epic novel about the turbulent years following the American Civil War. Find out much more about the author and her work at: www.margepiercy.com.
Louder: We Cant Hear You (Yet!)
The Political Poems of Marge Piercy on Audio CD
Poetry / CD
63 min. 24 sec.
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