Hi all,

Here’s today’s poem. If you want to find out more about this project, click here (and follow the hyperlinks), or alternatively click  on the category, ‘In a Dark Wood’, at the bottom of this post.

Today’s poem is from the tremendously witty Dorothy Parker. Parker was the toast of the literary world in the jazz age, where she was known for her caustic wit, her short stories, satires, literary criticism, and most of all – for her poems. Parker suffered from depression from the 1920’s onwards. She died in 1967, aged 73, of a heart attack. As the poem records, Parker attempted to take her own life on numerous occasions, however the poem is anything but grim. Even the title shows Parker’s famous wit being employed to great effect. However it’s important to note that while employing her wit in the poem, her wit doesn’t denigrate the sincerity and seriousness of the poem itself. It’s a fine line to cross, but Parker does it beautifully and with gusto. For fear of rambling on, I’ll leave you with this spectacular poem. Check back tomorrow for poem number five!

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.


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