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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although she is best known as a poet, Molly Peacock published a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece (1998), which gained a wide following for its straightforwardness in dealing with controversial issues and the vividness of its character portrayals, as well as for the laugh-out-loud humor that contrasts with and relieves the bleakness of some of its scenes. Also, Peacock is a poetry activist, helping through her books, presentations, and public activities to bring poetry back into the general culture. She has coedited two anthologies, Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses (1996) and The Private I: Privacy in a Public Age (2001), essays on contemporary privacy issues. She has also written a handbook on poetry appreciation, How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle (1999).