The Best of Archy and Mehitabel
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A selection of the best of the hilarious free-verse poems by the irreverent cockroach poet Archy and his alley-cat pal Mehitabel.
Don Marquis's famous fictional insect appeared in his newspaper columns from 1916 into the 1930s, and he has delighted generations of readers ever since. A poet in a former life, Archy was reincarnated as a bug who expresses himself by diving headfirst onto a typewriter. His sidekick Mehitabel is a streetwise feline who claims to have been Cleopatra in a previous life. As E. B. White wrote in his now-classic introduction, the Archy poems "contain cosmic reverberations along with high comedy" and have "the jewel-like perfection of poetry."
Adorned with George Herriman's whimsical illustrations and including White's introduction, our Pocket Poets selection--the only hardcover Archy and Mehitabel in print--is a beautiful volume, and perfectly sized for its tiny hero.
civilized to enjoy themselves and before i could argue him out of his philosophy he went and immolated himself on a patent cigar lighter i do not agree with him myself i would rather have half the happiness and twice the longevity but at the same time i wish there was something i wanted as badly as he wanted to fry himself archy pete the parrot and shakespeare i got acquainted with a parrot named pete recently who is an interesting bird pete says he used to belong to
to shake the ferryboats on the north river once he lost his beard and my grandfather dropped from the fly gallery and landed under his chin and played his beard for the rest of the act you don t see any theatre cats that could do that nowadays they haven t got it they haven t got it here once i played the owl in modjeska s production of macbeth i sat above the castle gate in the murder scene and made my yellow eyes shine through the dusk like an owl s eyes mehitabel he
eISBN: 978-0-307-82836-1 A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Marquis, Don, 1878–1937. The best of Archy and Mehitabel / by Don Marquis. p. cm.—(Everyman’s library pocket poets) “This is a Borzoi book.” 1. Archy (Fictitious character)—Poetry. 2. Mehitabel (Fictitious character)—Poetry. 3. Cockroaches—Poetry. 4. Cats—Poetry. I. Title. PS3525.A67A6 2011 811′.52—dc23 2011023498 Typography by Peter B.
evening and while we were foraging about for something to eat we got caught on a palette smeared over with all the colors there are leaping from this danger seven or eight of us landed upon an untouched canvas that stood upon an easel nearby waiting for the masters hand and we walked across the canvas on our way out of that place it seems that we builded better than we knew before we could get to any safer place than a spot behind a gas radiator we heard human footsteps
died and my spirit migrated into the flesh of a cockroach gods how i yearn to be human neither a vers libre poet nor yet the inmate of a cockroach a six footed scurrying cockroach given to bastard hexameters longfellowish sprawling hexameters rather had i been a starfish to shoot a heroic pentameter gods i am pent in a cockroach i with the soul of a dante am mate and companion of fleas i with the gift of a homer must smile when a mouse calls me pal tumble bugs are my familiars