This was one of the first pieces I selected for this year's Advent project, and it as well as any typifies what sets this project apart from the one I did in 2003. For one thing, it's not a poem at all; it's a monologue performed by Steve Martin on the December 6, 1986, episode of Saturday Night Live. Second, it's a contemporary work. In 2003, twenty-one of the thirty-eight featured poems were from the 15th through the 19th centuries; this time around, only fifteen of the thirty-five works predate the 20th century. And lastly, it's funny. I made a conscious effort to include a larger number of light-hearted works this year.
Incidentally, while I might quibble with the order, I would have no particular problem accepting these five wishes.
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