Week 11: Poems I like

I don’t know much about Dorothy Parker’s poetry – I only know  her essays (and her wit)- but her Wikipedia entry lists her as a poet first: Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet…

Here is a wonderful interview with her in Paris Review

I am delighted by this short poem – particularly the sixth line ‘Nor read erotic poetry’. I think that ‘nor write’ should be added!

More of her poems can be found on Poetry Foundation

Interview by Dorothy Parker

The ladies men admire, I’ve heard,
Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light;
They’d rather stay at home at night.
They do not keep awake till three,
Nor read erotic poetry.
They never sanction the impure,
Nor recognize an overture.
They shrink from powders and from paints …
So far, I’ve had no complaints.