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:
- Lord Peter
- Harriet Vane
- Susan Silverman
- Armand Gamache
- 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!
- Emily Dickinson
- Elizabeth Bishop
- Theodore Roethke
- Josephine Jacobsen
- Claudia Emerson
- Denise Levertov
( sorry about the numbers; couldn’t figure out how to remove them!)