Original Text: 
Ernest Hemingway, Three Stories & Ten Poems (Dijon: Maurice Darantiere, 1923): 56. Facsimile edition by Contact Publishing, 1977. PS 3515 E37A15 Robarts Library.
2No successful suicides.
3A Chinese boy kills himself and is dead.
5A Norwegian boy kills himself and is dead.
6(no one knows where the other Norwegian boy has gone)
7They find a model dead
8alone in bed and very dead.
10Sweet oil, the white of eggs, mustard and water, soap suds
11and stomach pumps rescue the people one knows.
12Every afternoon the people one knows can be found at the café.


1] Montparnasse, on the left bank of Paris, attracted many artists and writers from overseas in the 1920s. Back to Line
4] the Dome: a café in the quarter. Back to Line
9] concierge: live-in caretaker. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.