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Short poem

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)


              1Razors pain you;
              2Rivers are damp;
              3Acids stain you;
              4And drugs cause cramp.
              5Guns aren't lawful;
              6Nooses give;
              7Gas smells awful;
              8You might as well live.


1] Dorothy Parker's first suicide attempt, cutting her wrists, took place in January 1923. Later she made others, overdosing on the sedative Veronal, consuming a bottle of shoe polish, and taking sleeping powder, the last in 1932 (Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker, compiled with an introduction by Stuart Y. Silverstein [New York: Scribner, 1996]: 29; PS 3531 A5855N68 1996 Robarts Library).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Enough Rope: Poems by Dorothy Parker (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926): 61. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 16 August 1925
Publication date note: New York World (Aug. 16, 1925): V-3.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: ababcdcd

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