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Thanksgiving Prayer William S Burroughs

Thanksgiving Day, Nov 28,1986 first appeared in the chapbook Tornado Alley, with illustrations by S. Clay Wilson. Gus Van Sant then made a short film of Burroughs reading the text. This poem resonates today as exposing what has gone horribly wrong in the USA, or maybe what has always been wrong. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986 William S. Burroughs For John Dillinger In hope he is still alive Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit 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 carcass to rot thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes thanks for the AMERICAN DREAM to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through thanks for the KKK, for nigger-killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going 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 is allowed to mind his own business thanks for a nation of finks — yes, thanks for all the memories all right, lets 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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