Dorothy Parker

(22 August 1893 - 7 June 1967 / Long Branch / New Jersey)

Resumé - Poem by Dorothy Parker

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.

Form: Epigram

Comments about Resumé by Dorothy Parker

  • (2/20/2018 6:55:00 AM)

    You can't understand the poem until you read about her life. Mother died at 5, father abused her, hated stepmother (who died when she was 9) . Divorced, pregnant, aborted, first suicide attempt. Fired from Vanity Fair for criticism of VIPs. Blacklisted by Hollywood for communist views, married and divorced (twice) to a bisexual adulterer, long-term alcoholic, Even after she died, her ashes lay in a filing cabinet for 17 years because nobody cared. (Report)Reply

    (9/27/2018 9:40:00 PM)

    Are you serious about the filing cabinet? Do you know where the ashes are now?
    She has long been my favorite poet, I knew of her tragic life but never all this. How awful! That's just...I don't have words for how disturbing your post is...

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  • Omolade Adeniyi (9/8/2017 11:18:00 PM)

    Remember reading this in high school and so began my love for Dorothy Parker. Would've loved to meet her. (Report)Reply

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  • Darlene Walsh (10/13/2014 5:20:00 PM)

    Yes, you might as well live. Suicide is never painless, even if you find a way to feel no pain yourself, you leave pain behind you in those still alive. (Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/13/2014 10:12:00 AM)

    We have to breathe till allowed to breath lovely love the poem (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2014 7:45:00 AM)

    Miss Parker's wit and humor are some of my favorites, and this is no exception. Everything kills us, so live in spite of it! (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2013 8:01:00 PM)

    Some time ago I found audio file of Miss Parker reading this poem. Since I've long forgotten Invictus, the first poem I was required to memorize, this is the last verse I can recite from memory. I guess that makes it my favorite. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2013 7:40:00 PM)

    Hahahah took me a while but yes, good reason to throw out the choice of suicide :) (Report)Reply

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  • Kevin Straw (10/13/2012 3:33:00 PM)

    Parker is one of those rare poets to whom one comes expecting perfection - and this poem is perfection. It is the quintessence of laconic New Yorkese which might be far more effective in dissuading suicides than the priest. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2012 5:11:00 AM)

    Sheer and utter genius, really, where one feels they cannot face things any more but when considering the options (you might as well live) ne-er a truer word spoken.... brutal yet also has a touch of irony...tyvm karen (Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (10/13/2012 2:07:00 AM)

    A track of looking at time quiet realistic way which reflects the dark. In other sense it insists on another fight to dig the positive vision towards life.(If anything there) . Reader to decide. Much atomic the radiation of such selective words. Good poem...............................Pranab k c 10 (Report)Reply

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  • (9/11/2011 9:45:00 PM)

    This poem is darkly funny. It's a little it makes me feel depressed and smile at the same time.
    An amazing poem that puts a new twist on suicide.

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (6/26/2009 10:05:00 PM)

    I read this poem when I was fourteen and I have memorized it by heart. The rhyme, the rhythm, the content all are good example of poetic genius. There is less prolixity and verbal maze, and her poems are simple, easy to read, and enjoyable. (Report)Reply

    (2/20/2018 6:34:00 AM)

    Certainly less prolixity - the poem is 40% shorter than your comment.

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  • (10/28/2008 4:28:00 PM)

    I love this poem... it introduces a whole new twist on suicide! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/26/2008 1:27:00 AM)

    my favorite poem...

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  • (1/4/2008 10:20:00 PM)

    This poem is... Well, sadly hilarious. Suicide is an escape, but this questions if it is worth the time and effort. It's a nice little poke at the real thought it takes to force death. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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