Don Marquis

Don Marquis
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Donald Robert Perry Marquis (July 28, 1878, in Walnut, Illinois – June 16, 1937, in New York City) was a humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He is remembered best for creating the characters "Archy" and "Mehitabel", supposed authors of humorous verse. more »

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  • P.l. Wick (2/22/2014 12:12:00 AM)

    Your bio is not quite correct: Archy was the supposed author of some of Marquis' poems. Mehitabel was only a character of whom Archy wrote...the cat did not actually do any of the authorship. Details, gents, details. pw

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The Fairy and the Firefly

One night I saw a battle
between a firefly
and a fairy.

I think he was an Irish fairy,
for he grinned as he fought,
and I know he was red-haired.

The wicked monster,
beast and bug at once,
charged the fairy
again and again,
rushed and flew at him, fuming,
pulsating luminously with throbs of rage,
as if a winged bull of Nineveh
were in the ring with a toreador-
a winged bull that had swallowed
a kitchen range,
which glowed through its iron ribs,
and, like a matador,
the red-haired fairy dodged and side-stepped the furious ...

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