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VERSES: Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy  

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 URL: http://libguides.huhs.org/content.php?pid=467344 Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Barbie Doll

Marge Piercy

This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs. 

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up. 

In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending. 

 

About the Author

   During my 4 years at Hartford Union High School I have been involved in many clubs and activities. I have been on the Hartford Union High School Dance team since my freshman year. Dancing is a huge part of my life. I have also been a part of the track and field team for the majority of high school and am now currently a captain. I am the current secretary of student council which I have been involved with for 4 years. I am a member of both FBLA and DECA. I recently qualified for DECA state with my partner Alaina. I am a member of National Honor society as well.

   Next year I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have yet to decide my major however I have considered majoring in psychology or business.

 

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Jordan Peschek (2012)

An avid high jumper, body builder, and unbeatable pie-eating contest winner, Jordan uses her huge amount of free time each day to pursue her numerous interests.  She sleeps an average of 14 hours a day, flies airplanes, and uses chopsticks at every meal except brunch.  She aspires to be a professional kite flyer in the near future.

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