Here’s a taster verse from Parker’s poem “Song of Perfect Propriety”
Oh, I should like to dance and laugh
And pose and preen and sway,
And rip the hearts of men in half,
And toss the bits away.
I’d like to view the reeling years
Through unastonished eyes,
And dip my fingertips in tears,
And give my smiles for sighs.
Famed for her acerbic wit, Parker’s poetry often betrays the all-too-tender heart she sought to protect.