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November 23, 2010 9:26 AM Subscribe
Poetry recommendations for a a forced Thanksgiving dinner reading?
posted by Diagonalize to writing & language (37 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My lovely quasi-sister-in-law has unilaterally declared a new Thanksgiving tradition this year, and we are now all expected to recite a poem at Thanksgiving dinner. My strong suspicion is that most people aren't terribly enthusiastic about this task, but everyone's willing to humor her this once.
I love poetry and don't mind public speaking in the slightest, but I'm really not looking forward to this, and I have no idea what I should be reading. I don't think it has to be explicitly Thanksgiving-themed, and any overtly sermonizing or religious poems would almost certainly fall horribly flat. Ideally, it would be short, possibly funny, and family friendly without being horrifically cheesy or cliched, since they're a fairly cultured and educated bunch, but I can't seem to find anything to fit the bill.