Poetry Month – Marge Piercy’s “A Work of Artifice”

Trident_Maple_bonsai_202,_October_10,_2008I used to teach Marge Piercy’s “A Work of Artifice” as a wrap-up for Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; it fits really well, I think.  Click on the title above to read the full text of the poem.

Here is a taste:

“Every day as he
whittles back the branches
the gardener croons,
It is your nature
to be small and cozy,
domestic and weak;
how lucky, little tree,
to have a pot to grow in.”

“A Work of Artifice” appears in Circles on the Water.  Buy it locally!

And check this out if you use iTunes.  So cool.


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3 Responses to Poetry Month – Marge Piercy’s “A Work of Artifice”

  1. anna says:

    i’m embarassed to admit i don’t know marge piercy but i just read a few of her poems and they are incredible. and so reflective of the world today. Barbie Doll is chilling and still so true… and only getting worse.

  2. I was lucky enough to meet her and have her sign one of my books at a talk and reading she gave at Ithaca College (I think) 1990. Awe-Some.

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