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The Art of Blessing the Day by Marge Piercy
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Sep 19, 2000 | ISBN 9780375704314

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Winner of the 2000 Paterson Poetry Prize

“An exquisite book…Strong, passionate and poignant. Marge Piercy’s words make a moving variety of experience beautifully and forcefully real.”
–Lyn Lifshin

“Keep her volume near your home altar; Marge Piercy will give wings to your heart’s stirrings.”
–Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi

“If poetry, as Auden said, exists to praise, then surely it exists to bless. And Marge Piercy teaches us the art of blessing in her poems, with the firmness of her eye, the courage of her strength, the directness of her language, as gritty and sweet and real as the fruits she carries with her on all her journeys through family memory and tradition, prayer and the holy days of sacred year, gathering her wisdom and the wisdom of her difficult Jewish tribe, and bringing that wisdom home.”
–Rodger Kamenetz, author of Terra Infirma, The Missing Jew : New and Selected Poems,and The Jew in the Lotus

“Whether I find myself guffawing over ‘Eat fruit’ or falling shattered by “At the well’ or being attuned to the Breath of Life by ‘Nishmat,’ it is my life–my whole life–that I am finding, renewed and enlivened by these poems. We can shmooze these poems, pray these poems, Torah-study these poems. What we breath out, Piercy has breathed in; what Piercy breaths out, we can breath in. We and she breath each other into life.”
–Rabbi Arthur Waskow

“Marge Piercy’s superb spiritual powers are up to their elbows in the lived world, bringing a liberated and grounded wisdom to everything they touch. Behind this book one hears the great embracing toast of Jewish tradition: ‘L’Chaim!’ — ‘to life!’ In its pages the work of the heart and the work of the spirit are visibly, passionately advanced.”
–Jane Hirschfield

“Accessible, transformative, thrilling. Marge Piercy teases out the spiritual lights hidden within the most ordinary events. Here is poetry so reverent and disturbing that it borders on liturgy.”
–Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

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