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Controversial Poem For Thanksgiving Video | William S. Burroughs ‘Thanks For The KKK’

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Controversial Poem For Thanksgiving Video | William S. Burroughs ‘Thanks For The KKK’


Perhaps one of the most outspoken beatnik poets was William S. Burroughs. Most of his influential work covered, drugs, homosexuality, death, and of course, politics.

It’s a few days late, but here’s his controversial, ironic and classic poem ‘A Thanksgiving Prayer.’ Read out loud by the man himself.

Growing up as an American citizen, I was taught that Thanksgiving was a cheery time of celebration- one based upon a peaceful feast that our founding fathers had with Native Americans. Who could forget, when majority of my plays I participated in grade school involved wearing a ‘little indian’ costume.

But as I grew older, I came to realize that Thanksgiving is more of an excuse for gluttony and commercialism as Burroughs depicts in this poem. Sure, it’s a bit depressing for the holiday time, but nevertheless important to realize for any American.

Now I’m off to finish up some leftover turkey and stuffing. God bless America!

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  1. pityflutestoo

    March 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    A face in the crowd Thanksgiving is to me.A date where it once was a socially commendable occasion,family encountering.As the gypsy in life occur’s,a fugitive wanted by the populous.Or are the holidays getting old for the older?It seem’s to be organized as a tradition still, but for the most
    part the day of thankfullness and remembering it’s original meaning…a passe event.No fault of our’s at all.You can simulate it’s greeting by the act of which is deppreessing.So why do we still celeberate it’s occurence?Holiday’s once had a magnificence in that relative’s would all be politically inclined to
    recognize each other.Right to the least attractive ..member of a family.

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