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Wed Nov 24, 2021, 02:18 PM

William S Burroughs - A Thanksgiving Prayer

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Reply William S Burroughs - A Thanksgiving Prayer (Original post)
TheProle Nov 2021 OP
maxsolomon Nov 2021 #1
Doc Sportello Nov 2021 #2
flying_wahini Nov 2021 #3
jalan48 Nov 2021 #5
MustLoveBeagles Nov 2021 #4

Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 02:25 PM

1. A holiday favorite around our house for 30 years

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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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 02:54 PM

2. Thanks ... for posting

Maybe on Dec. 25th we can get "A Junkie's Christmas" - one of my favorites.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 03:18 PM

3. What does he mean when he says, show me your arms? You were always.....

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Response to flying_wahini (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 03:27 PM

5. Burroughs had a serious heroin addiction and in the 50's (and earlier)

you could be imprisoned for being an addict. I think this is what he is referring to, police checking arms for needle marks.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 03:25 PM

4. K&R

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