Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
...a poet and short story writer, is known primarily for her many witty
remarks, such as "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." She is also famous for her pivotal
role in the Algonquin Round Table, an informal luncheon club for writers held in New York. Parker was drama critic
for Vanity Fair magazine and a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine. She also reported on the Spanish
Civil War and worked as a film writer. Parker's three books of verse, Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, and Death and Taxes,
were compiled in Collected Poems: Not So Deep As a Well.
Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.