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Margaret Fishback

"To be a mother and a wife, / I'm often urged by all my kith / And kin -- but as for husbands, life / Is easier without than with."

Margaret Fishback, "Taking Everything Into Consideration," I Feel Better Now (1932)

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"Parsley, parsley, everywhere. / Damn, I want my victuals bare."

Margaret Fishback, "Sprig Fever," Out of My Head (1933)

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"Don't mail me any more proxies, please. / Tell me, incorporated tease, / Why don't you save the stamps and send, / Once in a while, a dividend?"

Margaret Fishback, "A Truculent Stockholder Speaks Her Mind," Out of My Head (1933)

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"Why is it that one has to drink? / Why is it that one's hosts should think / It queer these days if guests prefer / A respite? Doesn't it occur / To anyone that no offense / Is meant by harmless abstinence?"

Margaret Fishback, "Slow Down Rounding Curve," I Take It Back (1935)

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"Whatever its function, / like's not a conjunction."

Margaret Fishback, "The Purist to Her Love," I Take It Back (1935)

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"To be polite to everybody except the people they love most is a nervous affectation that afflicts many families ... when they come home, they take off their smiles and soft words, and sit about, spiritually in their underwear. This isn't pretty."

Margaret Fishback, "Etiquette on the Home Grounds," Safe Conduct (1938)

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"Her cocktail bouts are long and loud, / She asks a monumental crowd, / For, to be frank, her one concern / Is being feted in return."

Margaret Fishback, "Social Butterfly," Time for a Quick One (1940)

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"The same old charitable lie, / Repeated as the years scoot by, / Perpetually makes a hit -- / 'You really haven't changed a bit!'"

Margaret Fishback, "Reunion or The Lie of the Land," Time for a Quick One (1940)

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"I'm a recipe clipper / I pile them in drawers. / They're yellow with age. And / I hoard them by scores; / But when I decide that I'll try / something new. / I can't find the clipping, / my file's such a stew."

Margaret Fishback

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"I dote the baple buds are swellig -- / It bust be Sprig that I ab sbellig. / Agaid, the bird is od the wig / And Dature starts her Highlad Flig."

Margaret Fishback, "Kerchoo!" in William Cole, ed., Poems for Seasons and Celebrations (1961)

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Margaret Fishback, U.S. poet, humorist, advertising copywriter
(1904 - 1985)

Full name: Margaret Fishback Antolini.