‘I loved them until they loved me,’ 1920s poet Dorothy Parker opined in one of her short poems. Her work might be classified as light verse, but most of her bitter pieces were written with a heavy heart.
What a perfect collection to choose from on St. Valentines’ Day! We will look at Parker’s relationships with the many men in her life–including her two husbands and three marriages [you do the math]. We will read from some of her poems and see a few clips from films.
The presentation was held on Monday, 14 February, 2011, from 1 to 2 pm at the Birmingham & Midland Institute in city centre.
For more information about the BMI, their weekly lunchtime talks and other events, e-mail me or Philip Fisher at Philip@bmi.org.uk.
Thanks to all who came!
How depressing…Just like Dottie…Who wrote the music? I used to do PR for a new music ensemble in Pittsburgh, PA, and listening to that brings back memories.
Here’s a wonderful musical setting of Parker’s “From a letter from Lesbia”: