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A Hamlet Soliloquy by Dorothy Parker

May 1, 2012

by Carolyn Moore

To be, or not to be—
that is the niggle.
Which is the nobler:
to suffer or giggle?

To sleep perchance to dream?
If therein’s the rub,
‘might as well sip gin
and drown in the tub.

Mortal coil, whips, scorns,
bare bodkin and more—
this pale cast of thought
is such a deadly bore.


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Carolyn Moore’s three poetry chapbooks won their respective competitions, as has her book-length collection, Instructions for Traveling Light, pending publication from Deep Bowl Press. She taught creative writing, literature, and critical thinking at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) until able to eke out a living as a freelance writer and researcher working from the last vestige of the family farm in Tigard, Oregon.

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  1. Karen Braucher
    May 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Sounds like Dorothy Parker, one of my favorite rhyming poets!

  2. Irene Brown
    May 3, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Beautiful ennui!

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