There’s only one natural death, and even that’s Bedcide For the post-mortem amusement of Richard Brautigan

By Edward Dorn 1929–1999 Edward Dorn

A B H O R E N C E S
November 10, 1984

Death by over-seasoning: Herbicide
Death by annoyance: Pesticide
Death by suffocation: Carbon monoxide
Death by burning: Firecide
Death by falling: Cliffcide
Death by hiking: Trailcide
Death by camping: Campcide
Death by drowning:       Rivercide
                                  Lakecide
                                  Oceancide
Death from puking: Curbcide
Death from boredom: Hearthcide
Death at the hands of the medical profession: Dockcide
Death from an overnight stay: Inncide
Death by suprise: Backcide
Death by blow to the head: Upcide
Death from delirious voting: Rightcide
Death from hounding: Leftcide
Death through war: Theircide & Ourcide
Death by penalty: Offcide
Death following a decision: Decide

Edward Dorn, "There’s only one natural death, and even that’s Bedcide: For the post-mortem amusement of Richard Braughtigan" from Abhorrences, published by Black Sparrow Books. Copyright © 1990 by Edward Dorn.  Reprinted by permission of the Edward Dorn Estate.

Source: Abhorrences (Black Sparrow Press, 1990)

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Poet Edward Dorn 1929–1999

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Living, Health & Illness, Death, Activities, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

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Edward Dorn spent several years at Black Mountain College, a North Carolina school founded in 1933 as a liberal alternative for teachers and students seeking a creative educational environment. Breaking away from tradition, those affiliated with the school created art and literature that had a profound effect on American culture even after the college closed in 1956. Over the years numerous noteworthy artists and writers, . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Health & Illness, Death, Activities, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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