Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 InterviewApril 1, 1998 |

A Harsh Day’s Light: An Interview with Marge Piercy

Even the directions for the journey on Route 6 to Marge Piercy's home in bucolic Wellfleet, Massachusetts, have the feel of a literary odyssey. Follow Main Street west to the edge of town. Now take a dirt road left onto Swann's Way. At the end of this woodland promontory, you will see a house on a hill with a gravel driveway—and an oar leaning against a roadside tree. The sign carved on the oar reads: "Middlemarsh." On these beautiful acres of Cape Cod marshland, the poet and novelist Marge Piercy has lived and written for more than a quarter century. One doubts that the urban radical who grew up in a poor, predominantly black section of inner-city Detroit had much time for Proust and George Eliot in the 1960s, but Piercy has come to cherish Wellfleet and cultivates, both literally and figuratively, an intimate relationship with it through her poetry, her gardening, her public service in the region. Since settling here in 1971, Piercy has cherished the Cape in all its moods an

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