Original Text: 
Enough Rope: Poems by Dorothy Parker (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926): 61. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
2Rivers are damp;
3Acids stain you;
4And drugs cause cramp.
5Guns aren't lawful;
6Nooses give;
7Gas smells awful;
8You might as well live.


1] Dorothy Parker's first suicide attempt, cutting her wrists, took place in January 1923. Later she made others, overdosing on the sedative Veronal, consuming a bottle of shoe polish, and taking sleeping powder, the last in 1932 (Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker, compiled with an introduction by Stuart Y. Silverstein [New York: Scribner, 1996]: 29; PS 3531 A5855N68 1996 Robarts Library). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
New York World (Aug. 16, 1925): V-3.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.