Burroughs for Thanksgiving

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 Burroughs for Thanksgiving

 

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If you teach them in your classroom,

You should invite them for Thanksgiving dinner.

All the writers whose work you require to be read

Would finally have a good meal and company.

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Autistic Gertrude Stein, squat as Buddha.

With snippy, bitchy Alice at her side

Measuring and commenting on

Your mother’s lace tablecloth.

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James Joyce, half blind and drinking up

Randy Irish jokes, singing sentimental ballads.

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Virginia Woolf with rocks in her pockets

Ready to drown in your pool.

 

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Mad Vivian and her sexually repressed banker poet,

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Whose friend is that Anti-Semitic Fascist from Italy.

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Or worse, the Irish nationalist whose wife talks to the dead

Ouija board, as if her visions will map the afterlife.

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And you haven’t even started with the crazy Americans

Who so love their drugs and guns! From the adding machine

Heir who blew his wife’s brains out playing William Tell,

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To the macho sucking on a shotgun in the guest bathroom.

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All the drugs, the alcohol, the sexual perversions

Would certainly make for a lively Thanksgiving.

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But you know better. You’d be fired from your job

If you ever invited home the writers you teach in school.

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[Disposable Poem November 5, 2015]

Dr. Mike

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