Title The Moon Is Always Female.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition.
Edition First Edition.
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1979.
0394509773 / 9780394509778
Seller ID 67953X1
According to the author, "The poems in this volume fall into two parts. Hand Games - poems of the first section - is the daily bread of my past two years or so. They are the artifacts of loving in a personal way, of struggles in a wide and a narrower frame, of planting and harvesting in the earth and on paper, of building new friendships and mourning the death of friends. They speak of zucchini and oaks and cats, of jogging and writing, of nuclear power plants and suicide, of fat and of street hassling. The Lunar Cycle forms the second part. I first heard of the lunar calendar in childhood, when I asked why Passover falls on a different date every year and was answered that it falls on Nisan 14 - the fourteenth day of the lunar month of Nissan, The next time I came across the moon-month was in reading Robert Graves in 1959 in search of the old goddess religions. But the lunar calendar has really only been an intimate part of my life since I moved near the ocean and the bay and had to become conscious of the tides; for one thing, to get the sweet Wellfleet oysters. For more precise understanding I owe a lot to Nancy F. W. Passmore and other women of the Luna Press, who every year produce The Lunar Calendar with thirteen months, their old Celtic names, associations from around the world, time of moon rise and set and all the phases. It tells me at a glance when my period will come and when I can expect to ovulate, and it is the most beautiful calendar I have ever seen, with the months in the form of spirals rather than grids." "Marge Piercy, in my opinion, is the best woman poet writing in America and one of the best poets, male or female, working anywhere in America or elsewhere." - Ben Pleasants, Los Angeles Free Press
(Key Words: Marge Piercy, Moon, Poetry, Women's Studies).