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Colors Passing Through Us: Poems

by Marge Piercy

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Since I've read many of Piercy's 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s poetry collections, I found this 2003 collection particularly fascinating. Piercy's feminism has muted with age, but it has also combined in at least one poem. In "The clock in the closet," for example, Piercy's conception of body image and the mirror as a way of viewing oneself combine. Body image (celebration of bigger women, support of those struggling with anorexia), love, and marriage seem to be major themes in her feminist progression. Her tone has matured and often seems to be the voice of aged wisdom. A deeper reading is needed to appreciate her poems about her mother, but overall, the collection is worth the read. ( )
  amlohf | Jan 18, 2016 |
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In Colors Passing Through Us, Marge Piercy is at the height of her powers, writing about what matters to her most: the lives of women, nature, Jewish ritual, love between men and women, and politics, sexual and otherwise.

Feisty and funny as always, she turns a sharp eye on the world around her, bidding an exhausted farewell to the twentieth century and singing an "electronic breakdown blues" for the twenty-first. She memorializes movingly those who, like los desaparecidos and the victims of 9/11, disappear suddenly and without a trace.

She writes an elegy for her mother, a woman who struggled with a deadening round o fhousework, washin gon Monday, ironing on Tuesday, and so on, "until stroke broke/her open." She remembers the scraps of lace, the touch of velvet, that were part of her maternal inheritance and fist aroused her sensual curiosity.

Here are paeans to the pleasures of the natural world (rosy ripe tomatoes, a mating dance of hawks) as the poet confronts her own mortality in the cycle of seasons and the eternity of the cosmos: "iam hurrying, I am running hard / toward I don't know what, / but I mean to arrive before dark." Other poems--about her grandmother's passage from Russia to the New World, or the interrupting of a Passover seder to watch a comet pass--expand on Piercy's appreciation of Jewish life that won her so much acclaim in The Art of Blessing the Day.

Colors Passing Through Us is a moving celebration of the endurance of love an dof the phenomenon of life itself--a book to treasure.

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