Thanksgiving Dinner Guests


Beautiful table with thanksgiving food

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


  1. Lord Peter
  2. Harriet Vane

Wimsey and Vane

  1. Spenser
  2. Susan Silverman
  3. Armand Gamache
  4. 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


  1. Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop

  1. Theodore Roethke


  1. Josephine Jacobsen


  1. Claudia Emerson

Claudia Emerson

  1. eecummings


  1. Denise Levertov


Denise Levertov

( sorry about the numbers; couldn’t figure out how to remove them!)


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