Fresh Fiction and April 22nd: "Fighting Words"

Today I have a piece up at Fresh Fiction about the difficulty of taking feedback on your writing. I’m giving away a book in the comments! And in honor of that, here’s a poem by Dorothy Parker. We writers have our priorities, don’t we?


Fighting Words
by Dorothy Parker

Say my love is easy had,
  Say I’m bitten raw with pride,
Say I am too often sad —
  Still behold me at your side.

Say I’m neither brave nor young,
  Say I woo and coddle care,
Say the devil touched my tongue —
  Still you have my heart to wear.

But say my verses do not scan,
  And I get me another man!

2 thoughts on “Fresh Fiction and April 22nd: "Fighting Words"”

  1. I love Dorothy Parker–she’s so angry! The first thing I ever read by her was this poem that subverts the narrative convention of shunning the rich suitor for the poor beloved, in high school freshman English, and I was hooked.

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