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March 8, 2010

Dorothy Parker

okay y’all…school started last monday and i’m completely wrecked.  i’m so exhausted, i’m sick with a bad cold, i’m running around like a crazy person…things are just a lil rough for me, so forgive my lack of posts.

today is international women’s day though, and I needed to write a bit about that.  in honor of this important day, i introduced my students to dorothy parker, one of my favorite authors of late (i have a lot though…).  i’m particularly taken with parker’s tongue-in-cheek style and clever yet accessible writing.  i love her.  i love her stories, i love her poems, i love, love, love her–and true love lasts forever.

i was also interested to discover that she too was a ‘mad woman’–a survivor of several suicide attempts and eventually found true love at the bot

tom of a very large whiskey bottle.  why do i fall in love with all of these self-destructive, self-deprecating, self-hating women?  (rhetorical question…)

so in honor of today, and in honor of ms. parker, i will share one of my fa

vorite poems by her.

To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady

He will love you presently
If you be the way you be.
Send your heart a-skittering.
He will stoop, and lift the thing.
Be your dreams as thread, to tease
Into patterns he shall please.
Let him see your passion is
Ever tenderer than his….
Go and bless your star above,
Thus are you, and thus is Love.

He will leave you white with woe,
If you go the way you go.
If your dreams were thread to weave
He will pluck them from his sleeve.
If your heart had come to rest,
He will flick it from his breast.
Tender though the love he bore,
You had loved a little more….
Lady, go and curse your star,
Thus Love is, and thus you are.

Dorothy Parker

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  1. March 17, 2010 10:19 pm

    Dorothy Parker gets depicted in the media as a drunken suicidal slut with a sharp wit. All true to a certain extent, but she lived a long, full life, dying in her seventies, and was an ardent civil rights activist– a passion that started with the Sacco and Vanzetti trial in the 1920s and continued through the big civil rights movement of the 1960s. When she died, she left her considerable estate to Martin Luther King, Jr.

  2. March 17, 2010 10:52 pm

    Hi Gil-I absolutely agree–dorothy parker is another genius woman-author who i see had as many troubles as i do, which is one of the reasons i’m drawn to her. i see a connection between women who are incredibly intelligent, creative, and brilliant, and an overwhelming sense of self-doubt and insecurity and i don’t think that’s by accident. i love her so much, and i respect her even more.

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