Thanksgiving Prayer by William Burroughs

    To John Dillinger and hope he is still alive.
     
    Thanksgiving Day November 28 1986

 
Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shat out through wholesome
American guts.
 

Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.
 

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and
danger.
 

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.
 

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.
 

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.
 

Thanks for the KKK.
 

For nigger-killin’ lawmen,
feelin’ their notches.
 

For decent church-goin’ women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.
 

Thanks for “Kill a Queer for
Christ” stickers.
 

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.
 

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.
 

Thanks for a country where
nobody’s allowed to mind their
own business.
 

Thanks for a nation of finks.
 

Yes, thanks for all the
memories– all right let’s see
your arms!
 

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.
 

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.

 
 
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Poems of Pablo Neruda

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I am not an expert on the works of the late Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. He is regarded by some as one of the greatest Latin American Romantic poets of the 20th Century. An insightful commentary can be found in Forest Gander, whose critically acclaimed translations of the Chilean Nobel Laureate appear in The Essential Neruda. Selected Poems. 2004.
 
My own view is that a great deal of myth mongering surrounding his name due to his political beliefs and sudden death just after the Pinochet coup, may contribute considerably to his present fame.
 
Certain writings from the late Julieta Gomez Paz, an emiminent Argentinean eassayist, feminist critic and poet in her own right, argue that in much of Neruda’s love poems, the female role is depicted more as an object than a personality. In other words an archaic machisimo attitude is very much present in his works. An opinion that i am not altogether unsympathetic towards.
(Robin Ouzman Hislop)
 
 
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75 at 75 92Y Poetry

92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary and beyond

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75 at 75: Allen Ginsberg, February 26, 1973

75 at 75: Czeslaw Milosz

92Y Dance: 1994 – Present

92Y Parenting Conference: Why Fathers Matter

75th Ranger Regiment: Join the Military Intelligence Battalion

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David Brooks and Mark Shields with Jeff Greenfield

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E. E. Cummings: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings

Elizabeth Bishop: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings

Vladimir Nabokov: Selected Poems and Prose | 92Y Readings

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Orhan Pamuk: The Museum of Innocence | 92Y Readings

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92Y Teen Modern Dance Class

75 at 75: Mark Strand on Joseph Brodsky

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75 at 75: W. H. Auden: "Bucolics" and "Horae Cononicae"

75 at 75: James Schuyler Reads "Salute" and other poems

75 at 75: Marianne Moore: Her Poems and Translations of La Fontaine

75 at 75: William Trevor Reads "Kathleen's Field"

P.D. James and S.J. Rozan: Mysterious Conversations

75 at 75: Amy Clampitt Reads From A Silence Opens

 
 
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