Book – Dealing with such topics as acrimonious family relationships, nature, and feminism, this collection of poetry has something for everyone. Particular standout poems are “A Day in the Life,” chronicling a typical terrible day for an abortion clinic worker, “Between Two Hamlets,” which takes a decidedly different perspective on the famous play, and the series of “Brother-less” poems, where Piercy explores her distant, regretful relationship with her half-brother. Piercy’s poems are full of beautiful, memorable images, such as comparing troubles to “sweaters knit of hair and wire” and exhorting women to love themselves like “healthy babies burbling in our arms.” I am not typically a huge fan of poetry typically but this collection is very accessible to the non-habitual poetry reader.
What Are Big Girls Made Of? will appeal to those who appreciate a lyrical, image-laden writing style in prose or poetry. You can find Warrenville Public Library’s poetry collection filed in the nonfiction collection in the 800s.