Thursday, April 04, 2013

Poetry Influences: Dorothy Parker

I cannot tell you when I first discovered the writing of DorothyParker—I assume that I first found her work in college through one of those multi-book anthologies I had to have for my literature classes. But her work has been such a part of my life for the past decade or so that I feel like I have always known the her work.

What I love about Parker the most is generally what other people enjoy as well—the snarky, in your face attitude that she brings to most of her work, whether it is poetry or short stories. She's an icon of the Algonquin Round Table, women writers and so much more. She's also a huge reason why most of my New York City fantasies put me into 1930s garb, drink in hand and staying out til all hours with the other prolific NYC writers of the day.

My favorite Dorothy Parker poems? “News Item,” “The Thin Edge” and many more. What are yours?

Poem of the Day: War Zone

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