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Turkey Notes

jessinEC | Nov 20, 2011 12:53 PM

My husband's family is from Davenport, Iowa, which claims to be the home of Turkey Notes. These are short poems that Thanksgiving-goers write and read aloud before or during the meal. In their simplest form, they go something like this: "Turkey Red, Turkey Blue/Turkey Says, "I love you."" That's a pretty inane example (sorry, I'm not warmed up yet), but they often have a political reference ("Turkey Commune, Turkey Tent/Turkey Says, "I'm with the 99%"") or something about the poor turkey wanting to run away...They can be other poetry forms too -- free verse, haiku, etc. Does your family do turkey notes? Where are you from? I'm trying to map this tradition.

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