APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: Marge Piercy on the Balance We Seek

  • By David M. Kinchen, with information from Knopf 
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:   Marge Piercy on the Balance We Seek

Marge Piercy, now the author of eighteen collections of poetry, on the balance we seek.

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The level


A great balance hangs in the sky

and briefly on the black pan

and on the blue pan, the melon

of the moon and the blood orange

of the sun are symmetrical

like two unmatched eyes glowing

at us with one desire.


This is an instant’s equality,

a level that at once

starts to dip. In spring

the sun starts up its golden

engine earlier each dawn.

In fall, night soaks

its dye into the edges of day.


But now they hang, two bright

balls teasing us to balance

the halves of our brain, need

and will, gut and intellect,

you and me in an instant’s grace—

understanding no woman, even

Gaia, can always make it work.


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Excerpt from THE HUNGER MOON © 2011 by Middlemarsh, Inc. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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