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groan once or i will go mad September 29, 2003

Posted by worldspectacle in Uncategorized.

“…the sun
shone in my soul today before
you came…”

Don Marquis (1878-1937), Sun Dial columnist, poet, creator of Archy (the transmigrated soul of a free verse poet in the body of a cockroach) and Mehitabel (cat toujours gai), came to Hollywood in 1929 to try his hand at screenwriting and went away only a few months later, according to E.B. White, with “a violent, unprintable poem in his pocket describing the place.”

Note: the link is to a Don Marquis fansite. They have reprinted the Ode to Hollywood, which is not meant for children or the morally fastidious.



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