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Not So Deep As A Well: Collected Poems

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Hardcover, Signed Collector's Edition, 210 pages
Published December 1st 1936 by The Viking Press (first published 1936)
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Melki
Apr 14, 2015 Melki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
From Dorothy Parker's poetry, it's quite obvious that she's had her heart ripped out, torn into tiny pieces, spat upon, shat upon, and probably chewed upon by small rodents.

And we all benefit from her misery.

You've heard, no doubt, the one about girls who wear glasses. (It's not true, I'm happy to say!)
But what about this one?

"A heart in half is chaste, archaic;
But mine resembles a mosaic."

Her poems are bitter, biting, and savagely good. I wanted to memorize almost all of them.

Clever wordplay
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Sparrow
Dorothy's reputation as a wit sabotages her poetry, which is largely unfunny. The world is not vast enough to include Dorothy's one-liners about Calvin Coolidge and poems like:

The Leal

The friends I made have slipped and strayed,
And who's the one that cares?
A trifling lot and best forgot --
And that's my tale, and theirs.

Then if my friendships break and bend,
There's little need to cry
The while I know that every foe
Is faithful till I die.

("Leal" means "loyal and true.") Actually, this poem is f
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Dylan
Mar 14, 2009 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
at first I dismissed these poems as too "sing-songy" but after a while, the simple truths about humanity, gender roles, and emotion came blazing forth with expletive force. This is, hands-down, a stunningly morbid (though rich and vital) collection that is sure to be admired for generations.
Liza
Oct 27, 2011 Liza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could read every single poem over and over again and will never get bored with them.

They are witty, hilarious, truthful, and sarcastic. These are all the characteristics that make Dorothy Parker and this is the reason why she was unique and famous.

Klaudia
Jun 22, 2013 Klaudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is clearly a brilliant, witty, sarcastic, and lonely woman. I went to New York recently and happened upon the Algonquin and took a picture of it. Don't know if I pity her but I surely don't envy her.
Julie
May 09, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is one of my all time favorite collections of poetry. A must for Dorothy Parker fans.
Eli Schuster
Feb 12, 2010 Eli Schuster added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Eli by: Bookcafe
I love you, book! I will make lots of people read you, because you are good!
Libera
Feb 11, 2014 Libera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this, like everything Dorothy Parker wrote,
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Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Ta
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“I never see that prettiest thing-
A cherry bough gone white with Spring-
But what I think, "How gay 'twould be
To hang me from a flowering tree.”
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