My land is bare of chattering folk;
The clouds are low along the ridges,
And sweet’s the air with curly smoke
From all my burning bridges.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Dorothy Parker's poem Sanctuary


  1. jimmy hooter says:

    this reminded me of yams… and hot bitches i met on the street corners at nite waiting only for to do annything o yes indeed

  2. Charlene says:

    The way she worded this poem captures the attitude I had leaving highschool and beginning college…never seeing those “chattering folks” again and happily watching “bridges”—or so-called friendships burn up in “curly smoke”.

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