Chris Sutcliff

Artist Man I am
10th Sep 2009

William S. Burroughs

bill burroughs darker


16 x 11 inches


Thanksgiving Prayer

By William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997)

“Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
American guts.

Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin’ lawmen,
feelin’ their notches.

For decent church-goin’ women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for “Kill a Queer for
Christ” stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody’s allowed to mind their
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories– all right let’s see
your arms!

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.”

by Chris
Posted in Paint

3 Responses to
“William S. Burroughs”

  1. Rob O'Rourke says:

    He looks like he was a stern man. With lots of geometry in his face. I must confess I’ve never read any of his works – but before you come round with here with a cricket bat to break all my plates what would you recommend as an introduction to Mr Burroughs?

  2. kristen says:

    love this speech, so blunt, realistic, and fearless….wow..

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