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The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport

Marge Piercy -- Poet, Fiction

Host(s): A. Poulin, Jr.

Tape order number: C-811

Visit Date: March 12, 1975

Length: 1 hour

Brief Summary: Piercy explains her feeling that poetry needs to be "brought back to its roots," made less academic. She discusses craft, the role of poetry versus fiction, and the inherent purpose of each. Piercy also discusses the Civil Rights, Anti-War, and Women's Movements and their effect on her writing. She delineates between the function of poetry and of politics, and focusses on the place and role of politics in poetry.

Work(s) Discussed:

  • "Growing Up Through the Cracks"(essay)
  • The Eagle to Sleep
  • Small Changes"Learning Experience"
  • others

Work(s) Read:

  • "To Be of Use"
  • "Sutter's Gold in the Rainbow's End"
  • "A Cold and Married War"
  • "Curse of the Earth Magician on a Metal Land"
  • "The Meaningful Exchange"
  • "Doing it Differently"

Nothing is so deadly as literature... writing is too much out of other writing... full of dead men's words.

-- Marge Piercy

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