Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner Guests

NaBloPoMo prompt for November 25:
Do you think it's better to be a recognized expert for one thing, or known to be really good at lots of things?

I just didn’t feel like writing about specialists or generalists.

What I felt like answering was a post I saw on another blog:   The Bookwyrm’s Hoard:  
 Seven Characters I’d Invite for Thanksgiving Dinner.

I thought of seven characters from my favorite detective novels:

1.       Morse

2.       Lord Peter

3.       Harriet Vane

4.       Spenser

5.       Susan Silverman

6.       Armand Gamache

7.       Madame Renne Marie Gamache

But then I couldn’t at all imagine them eating together, as different and quirky as they are.


So I turned my attention to Thanksgiving as an American holiday, and thought of seven of my favorite American poets I would love to have over for Thanksgiving.  I limited my list to those who are gone from this world, in poetry heaven:

What a conversation they would have!

1.       Emily Dickinson

2.       Elizabeth Bishop

3.       Theodore Roethke

4.       Josephine Jacobsen

5.       Claudia Emerson

6.       eecummings

7.       Denise Levertov

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