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Author: ALEXIE, SHERMAN
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Alexie, Sherman    Poet's Biography
232 poems available by this author


13/16: 1.       
First Line: I cut myself into sixteen equal pieces
Last Line: Of can into sauce pan; e. Cook contents over high heat; f. Serve and eat


13/16: 2.       
First Line: It is done by blood, reservation mathematics, fractions
Last Line: If found, please return to spokane tribe of indians, %wellpinit, wa


13/16: 3.       
First Line: The compromise is always made
Last Line: All dark, his shovel-shaped incisor, each the same %ordinaryidentification of the anonymous


13/16: 4.       
First Line: When my father disappeared, we found him
Last Line: Cans without labels-my father opened them %one by one, finding a story in each


22-NOV-83       
First Line: We were doing laundry
Last Line: Your father held me %against his thin chest %for twenty years whispering %'ain't no indian loves mar
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


AFTER THE FIRST LIGHTNING       
First Line: I will ask your permission
Last Line: Approach, pass over %then move away


AFTER THE TRIAL OF HAMLET, CHICAGO       
First Line: Did hamlet mean to kill polonius? Diane and I sit at a table
Last Line: And which way we want to go. Home, we say, home


AIRPLANE       
First Line: Up here, where no indian was ever meant to be
Last Line: Just like this, wanting to bring everybody back home


AIRPLANE, AIRPORT, AIRLINE, AIR IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH       
First Line: Over albuquerque, we look down to see all
Last Line: Open. She touches my face. I fall asleep. I dream about mitch williams and joe carter


ALCOHOLIC LOVE POEMS: 1       
First Line: Alcohol is a drum
Last Line: It's so hard %not to dance


ALCOHOLIC LOVE POEMS: 2       
First Line: You told me once that the best sex we ever had was one winter night in february
Last Line: Beer and that old lie about never drinking again


ALCOHOLIC LOVE POEMS: 3       
First Line: Is alcoholism genetic
Last Line: Victim of science %and its necessary research


ALCOHOLIC LOVE POEMS: 4       
First Line: Sometimes, my hands shake
Last Line: Will make me forget who I have become


ALCOHOLIC LOVE POEMS: 5       
First Line: The difference between need and want must be explained. I quit drinking 450 day
Last Line: You that cap cost exactly the same as a bottle of thunderbird wine


ALCOHOLIC LOVE POEMS: 6       
First Line: Just moments after meeting
Last Line: Oh, all my life %in the past tense


ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS DANCE       
First Line: I haven't danced
Last Line: All of us %terrified and amazed


AMERICAN ARTIFICIAL LIMB COMPANY       
First Line: My sister, my phantom limb, I reach for her
Last Line: In three different colors; white, black, and in-between.'


AMERICAN CHAIRS       
First Line: In this country, we build the chair
Subject(s): Chairs; God


AMERICAN CHAIRS       
First Line: In this country, we build the chair
Last Line: Lord, a chair is a chair is a chair. %lord, hear our prayer
Subject(s): Chairs; God


ANATOMY OF MUSHROOMS       
First Line: Now, after all of these years, I remember the woman, whom I loved
Last Line: To search for water and room and roof and home


APOLOGIES       
First Line: In his sleep, your father tears
Last Line: Both of us love you %arrogantly and crazily, without apology


ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION       
First Line: The old indian man sitting next to him
Last Line: It's all too much when trying to sleep %the lungs cannot hold all you have to swallow


AT NAVAJO MONUMENT VALLEY TRIBAL SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: The football field rises
Last Line: Wild horses, wild horses, wild horses
Subject(s): Americans; Education; Schools; United States; Students; America


AT NAVAJO MONUMENT VALLEY TRIBAL SCHOOL       
First Line: The football field rises
Last Line: Wild horses, wild horses,wild horses
Subject(s): Americans; Education; Schools; United States


AT THE DIABETIC RIVER       
First Line: Salmon disappear %my father goes blind
Last Line: O, the ghosts of my father's eyes


BASKETBALL       
First Line: After a few beers here, every indian is a hero of 'unbroken horses.'
Last Line: Shirt in my closet, another crazy horse dream without a skeleton %or skin


BOB'S CONEY ISLAND       
First Line: Let's begin with this: america
Last Line: Even if just in memory


BREAKAWAY BAR #8       
First Line: I have this aunt who's blind, junior tells me, she's really
Last Line: Junior looks at me, he looks at the professor, and asks, really? %yes, he says, and all for the want


BREAKAWAY BAR #9       
First Line: Been on the wagon for a week, I tell the whole bar and the w
Last Line: You walk into the breakaway bar %see another skin drinking and you want it all back again too


BREAKING OUT THE SHOVEL       
First Line: Beginning somewhere near the reservation
Last Line: And my story and your story, gathering %into our warmth, this heart changing by halves


BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING       
First Line: After driving all night, trying to reach
Last Line: Something we can hold, in twenties, a dream we reach. %it's business: a fancydance to fill all the e


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT       
First Line: I prepare the last meal
Last Line: We were reduced to headlines and ash


CEREMONIES       
First Line: Seymour and I steal the bartender's car and drive
Last Line: For that missing part, the part that came out whole and bloodless, %but fills you up with how much I


CLINE       
First Line: Before the old tribal school was condemned, I swear patsy cline used to sing af
Last Line: Just like me. Just like you


CRAZY HORSE DREAMS (1)       
First Line: She tried to stand close to him at the fry bread stand, but he moved from open
Subject(s): Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE DREAMS (1)       
First Line: She tried to stand close to him at the fry bread stand, but he moved from open
Last Line: For hours, he watched the lights go on and off, on and %off.He wished he was crazy horse
Subject(s): Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE DREAMS (2)       
First Line: When the checks came in, seymour and I
Subject(s): Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE DREAMS (2)       
First Line: When the checks came in, seymour and I
Last Line: And I counted the money, gave seymour the ten bucks %for his last stand, his last chance to be crazy
Subject(s): Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: I discovered the evidence
Last Line: He forgave me all my sins
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 1       
First Line: I discovered the evidence
Last Line: He forgave all my sins
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Little big horn / little big horn does not belong to me
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876); Little Bighorn, Battle Of; Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 2       
First Line: Little big horn %little big horn does not belong to me
Last Line: Survive - survive - survive
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: I wear the color of my skin
Last Line: In this city where everyone / is afraid of horses?
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Horses; Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 3       
First Line: I wear the color of my skin
Last Line: In this city where everyone is %afraid-of-horses
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: There are places I cannot leave
Last Line: The exact skin/ never the same home
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Sitting Bull (hunkpapa Sioux Chief); Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 4       
First Line: There are places I cannot leave
Last Line: Never the same house
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the mirror
Last Line: It is the sound / of glass shattering
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 5       
First Line: I am the mirror
Last Line: It is the sound %of glass shattering
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the verdict
Last Line: Mortal and sinless
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 6       
First Line: I hear the verdict
Last Line: Close to their chests %mortal and sinless
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever it all begins again
Last Line: I will be waiting
Subject(s): Etethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Crazy Horse (oglala Sioux Chief)


CRAZY HORSE SPEAKS: 7       
First Line: Whenever it all begins again
Last Line: I will be waiting
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


CROW TESTAMENT       
First Line: Cain lifts crow, that heavy black bird
Last Line: They already live near the end of the world


DANGEROUS ASTRONOMY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to walk outside and praise the stars,
Last Line: And thought I was more important than the stars
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


DEAD LETTER OFFICE       
First Line: I get a letter, written in my native tongue, but I don't understand
Last Line: Brief letter from the past, finding she had never been here,she had %never gone


DEATH OF THE LANDLORD       
First Line: My landlord died
Last Line: This is not about my father


DEFENDING WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Basketball is like this for young indian boys, all arms and legs
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


DEFENDING WALT WHITMAN       
First Line: Basketball is like this for young indian boys, all arms and legs
Last Line: Walt whitman shakes. This game belongs to him
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


DIABETES       
First Line: Having learned sugar kills me
Last Line: The bread contains is %what contains me


DISTANCES       
First Line: I've been thinking about pain, how each of us constructs our past
Last Line: I was in a bar, drinking a beer, because it was filling the glass, when %a stranger walked in


DREAMING ANNA MAE       
First Line: I choose to dream of you
Last Line: To keep all of our dreams %crowded and haunted %as we travel together %into the next


DRUM AS LOVE, FEAR, AND PRAYER       
First Line: Drums %make everyone feel
Last Line: How much I believe %in her, in her


ELEGIES       
First Line: This is a poem for people who died in stupid ways
Last Line: Better as we drive down the highway toward a different kind of moon


EUGENE BOYD DON'T DRINK HERE ANYMORE       
First Line: The stranger walks into the bar, orders a beer, and asks me where
Last Line: After that the professor, at the end of the bar, tips his beer and says, %that was some serious fuck


EVOLUTION       
First Line: Buffalo bill opens a pawn shop on the reservation
Last Line: Calls his venture the museum of native american cultures %charges the indians five bucks a head to e


EXAGGERATION OF DESPAIR       
First Line: I open the door
Last Line: And invite the wind inside


FAITH       
First Line: This is not the river we were promised
Last Line: Sister, I believe in smoke


FATHER AND FARTHER       
First Line: In mcneil island prison for bad checks, my father worked to pay
Last Line: Looked at my father. He held me tightly. He told me to hold on


FATHER AND SON ROAD SHOW       
First Line: The doctor tells me my father's story
Last Line: As father and father-son separate, %loose, broken, dissolved by dialysis


FATHER COMING HOME       
First Line: Then father coming home from work. Me, waiting on
Last Line: Ing, always ready to fall. Me, holding onto father with all my strength


FAUSTO POEMS: 1.       
First Line: Talk story, he said
Last Line: He said, talk story


FAUSTO POEMS: 10.       
First Line: He left school in the middle
Last Line: Looking for his face %in the crowd, his hands large %and torn, fisherman's hands


FAUSTO POEMS: 11.       
First Line: Then, this letter from kentucky
Last Line: He writes, I make everything work %so everyone can fly again


FAUSTO POEMS: 2.       
First Line: He said, I'm more than american
Last Line: I wanted to go to college %in a place where it snowed %wherethe ocean did not reach


FAUSTO POEMS: 3.       
First Line: Spokane, washington, is 186,000 miles away
Last Line: He told me, I just blinked my eyes


FAUSTO POEMS: 4.       
First Line: The first night it snowed, fausto
Last Line: He stood, knee-deep in white, wearing %only his underwear and a san francisco 49ers hat


FAUSTO POEMS: 5.       
First Line: On thankgiving I took him home
Last Line: I thought all hawaiians surfed, I told him


FAUSTO POEMS: 6.       
First Line: In the woods behind my house, fausto
Last Line: It's like cold sand, he said. %he said, it's like cold sand


FAUSTO POEMS: 7.       
First Line: We both needed money
Last Line: When he asked me %why I was late, I told him %I was taking my time


FAUSTO POEMS: 8.       
First Line: When he did not talk, he would point
Last Line: He would talk long-distance on the phone %pointing out the words 'mother,' 'father,' 'home.'


FAUSTO POEMS: 9.       
First Line: He said, he was tired at two
Last Line: I would knock on his door, asking %are you there? Are you still there?


FIRE AS VERB AND NOUN       
First Line: Fire, then %turn the page
Last Line: Where my sister is buried. I can take you there


FIRE STORM: 1       
First Line: The highways are closed
Last Line: Five hundred years later %and nothing has changed


FIRE STORM: 2       
First Line: On january 13, 1981, my sister mary and her husband
Last Line: Heroism. He died trying to pull mary from the house; her %wild pny hair survived the heat


FIRE STORM: 3, CROWN: TO PROVIDE WITH SOMETHING LIKE A CROWN       
First Line: The fire
Last Line: The fire crowned the trees above %my head


FIRE STORM: 4       
First Line: Often, in this poetry, we steal words, gathering kindling
Last Line: Here, I imagine I touched the television screen & heat %blistered my fingers. %the fire crowned the


FIRE STORM: 5, FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN OUT OF CONTROL ...       
First Line: Here, I make my stand, I refuse
Last Line: My ribcage a barn fire. %my hair a crown of flame


FIRE STORM: 6, SPECTACULAR BARN FIRE SEEN FOR MILES       
First Line: A fire fueled by exploding barrels of oil and gasoline
Last Line: Had been using a cutting torch inside the barn earlier that %day. Cause of the blaze is still under


FIRE STORM: 7       
First Line: In this vision, mary gives birth to flame, a child that
Last Line: Protector; she is a mirror and my future; she is a rabbit from %the hat and my song


FIRE STORM: 8       
First Line: The phone call a cigarette in the dark, my hello
Last Line: Wait. Do you think you can build us a fire before you %leave?' %the cause of the blaze is still unde


FIRE STORM: 9, FIRE SALE: A SALE OF MERCHANDISE DAMAGED ...       
First Line: Here, I offer what I own, change
Last Line: Here, I offer what I own: grief %like a burning bush that shouts %forgiveness and never forgives


FIRST AND LAST GHOST DANCE OF LESTER FALLSAPART       
First Line: It rained buffalo
Last Line: Everything beautiful %begins somewhere
Variant Title(s): How Lester Fallsapart Came To Believe In Magic After H


FUTURES       
First Line: We lived in the hud house
Last Line: My brothers and sisters each one %and no one spent any no one


GIVING BLOOD       
First Line: I need money for the taxi cab ride home to the reservation and
Last Line: But we've already taken too much of your blood %and you won't be eligible %to donate for another gen


GLOSSARY OF A POWWOW       
First Line: Women's traditional dancer
Last Line: They are dancing


GOING TO THE MOVIES WITH GERONIMO'S WIFE       
First Line: If you go to the movies with geronimo's wife
Last Line: She whispers them only to blue stones


GOOD HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Hey, indian boy, why (why!) did you slice off your braids?
Last Line: Hey, indian boy, why (why!) did you slice off your braids?
Subject(s): Hair; Native Amertican


GRAND ENTRY       
First Line: She danced
Last Line: The circle of my life


GRANDMOTHER       
First Line: Old crow of a woman in bonnet, sifting through the dump
Last Line: When she died %they gave me her clock


GRANDMOTHER, PORCUPINE, TRAFFIC       
First Line: When big mom saw porcupine
Last Line: And cried as she left porcupine alone on the road


GRAVITY       
First Line: What is it that requires an indian man to remember every other
Last Line: Just as much as you,' he whispers. 'just as much as you.'


GRIEF CALLS US TO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The eyes open to a blue telephone
Last Line: And haul us, prey and praying, into dust
Subject(s): Grief; Fathers; Death; Sorrow; Sadness; Dead, The


HAIBUN       
First Line: In the spring of 1954, two non-indian brothers, james and john, and a
Last Line: Cain rose from the lake


HARMFUL JAZZ       
First Line: Jazz music is proving too much
Last Line: To the paths of their fathers


HEROES       
First Line: Drinking all night, with lester fallsapart, he tells me the story about
Last Line: Up, I tell lester, and he agrees and we drink one for silas something- %or-other, the only medal he'
Variant Title(s): Breakaway Bar #


HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: 1,000 ponies, the united states cavalry stole 1,000 ponies
Last Line: No horses I own / no horses
Subject(s): Animals; Cavalry; Cowboys; Horses; Native Americans - Reservations; Native Americans - Wars; Revenge


HORSES       
First Line: 1,000 ponies, the united states cavalry stole 1,000 ponies
Last Line: No horses, I own %no horses
Subject(s): Animals; Cavalry; Cowboys; Horses; Native Americans - Reservations; Native Americans - Wars; Revenge


HOUSE FIRES       
First Line: The night my father broke
Last Line: In his hands, planning to bury it all %in the graves we had chosen for each other


HOW IT HAPPENS       
First Line: Every day for a year
Last Line: Though of course I already knew


HOW TO REMODEL THE INTERIOR OF A CATHOLIC CHURCH       
First Line: The mute carpet must be replaced with mute carpet
Last Line: The priest's pockets are heavy with change


HOW TO WRITE THE GREAT AMERICAN INDIAN NOVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: All of the indians must have tragic features: tragic noses, eyes, and arms.
Last Line: All of the white people will be indians and all of the indians will be ghosts
Subject(s): Native Americans; Novels & Novelists; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


HOW TO WRITE THE GREAT AMERICAN INDIAN NOVEL       
First Line: All of the indians must have tragic features: tragic noses, eyes, and arms
Last Line: All of the white people will be indians and all of the indians will be ghosts


HOW WE LEARN TO SAY MOUTH AND HAND AND SMALL OF BACK       
First Line: Body to body
Last Line: With our own true tongues


HUNGER PSALM, 1973       
First Line: After the indian money was gone
Last Line: Praise the left hand


I WOULD STEAL HORSES       
First Line: I would steal horses
Last Line: Hold every disease tight against out skin.


INDEPENDENCE DAY       
First Line: It was the worst goddamn thing I ever saw,' the old man tells
Last Line: Tells me. 'I never thought a head could travel that far.'


INDIAN BOY LOVE SONG: 1       
First Line: Everyone I have lost
Last Line: Huddled under old blankets %dreaming their way into %my hands, my heart %closing tight like fists


INDIAN BOY LOVE SONG: 2       
First Line: I never spoke %the language
Last Line: I grew up distant %and always afraid


INDIAN BOY LOVE SONG: 3       
First Line: I remember when I told
Last Line: The heart of my heart, all %the beautiful white girls on oneside, %my beautiful cousin on the other


INDIAN BOY LOVE SONG: 4       
First Line: I remember when my father would leave
Last Line: I %would wait by my window, dreaming %bottles %familiar in my hands, not my father's, always %empty


INDIAN BOYS DREAM OF ICARUS       
First Line: I acknowledge you, indian boys
Last Line: Desire wild ponies loose in my hands, %my narrow chest. We wear the same bones


INDIGENOUS HUNGER ARTIST       
First Line: The cupboard is empty
Last Line: On the salt %of my hands


INSIDE DACHAU    Poem Text    
First Line: Having lied to our german hosts about our plan
Last Line: I have nothing new to say about death.
Subject(s): Dachau, Germany; Concentration Camps


INSIDE DACHAU: 1. BIG LIES, SMALL LIES       
First Line: Having lied to our german hosts about our plans
Last Line: Who have come to understand the master plan


INSIDE DACHAU: 2. HISTORY AS THE HOME MOVIE       
First Line: It begins and ends with ash, though we insist
Last Line: Decades after dachau fell, we stand in mist %that begins and ends with ash
Subject(s): Concentration Camps


INSIDE DACHAU: 3. COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS       
First Line: Why are we here? What have we come to see?
Last Line: Are we searching for an apology?


INSIDE DACHAU: 4. THE AMERICAN INDIAN HOLOCAUST MUSEUM       
First Line: What do we indigenous people want from our country
Last Line: We are waiting for the construction of our museum


INSIDE DACHAU: 5. SONGS FROM THOSE WHO LOVE THE FLAMES       
First Line: We start the fires
Last Line: From children's choirs: %ash, ash


INSIDE DACHAU: 6. AFTER WE ARE FREE       
First Line: If I were jewish, how would I mourn the dead
Last Line: I am spokane. I step into the river and close my eyes


INSIDE DACHAU: 7. BELOW FREEZING       
First Line: Dachau was so cold I could see my breath
Last Line: I have nothing new to say about death


INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION       
First Line: In spain, on the mediterranean coast, there is a walled city
Last Line: As a vivid warning against any further attacks on the church


LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT       
First Line: By now, of course, you realize I have lost the house keys again
Last Line: With all the metaphors in the world at your disposal, mourn


LEARNING TO DROWN       
First Line: I used to go with my big brother
Last Line: One by one, while the other %prisoners watched %from the river bank, silent %bowed into themselves


LOTTERY       
First Line: The professor tells me he dreams, dreams of a bus station at the
Last Line: You can win that car, drive away, hide in a rest stop miles from%anywhere red or white, or anything


LOVE HARD       
First Line: Hookum, jug-in-a-brown-bag man
Last Line: Where I was raised, dust %thin and unforgiving, time and god and beer %following us in rows


LOVER OF MAPS       
First Line: She unfolds and folds me
Last Line: Larger than can be held %by our clumsy hands


MARRIAGE       
First Line: What it comes to is this: bread
Last Line: The sacred and the utilitarian share an apartment overlooking the %river


MEMORIAL DAY, 1972       
First Line: I was too young to clean graves
Last Line: O, lord, remember, o do remember me


MICE WAR       
First Line: We dumped six garbage cans and watched dozens of mice
Last Line: Who, in our beginning, in our end, wanted to flee the reservation


MIGRATION, 1902       
First Line: The salmon swim
Last Line: On the bridge %of their spines


MISDEMEANORS       
First Line: The old man tells me he's a tough ex-con but his wife, the waitress
Subject(s): Ex-convicts


MISDEMEANORS       
First Line: The old man tells me he's a tough ex-con but his wife, the waitress
Last Line: Of a felony charge. He was in county jail for six months. Thank %god he wasn't trying to steal horse
Subject(s): Ex-convicts


MISSING       
First Line: Crazy horse gets a job at 7-11, four dollars an hour, graveyard
Last Line: Every hour punched into their hearts, floating just above minimum


MISTRANSLATION OF A TRADITIONAL SPOKANE INDIAN SONG       
First Line: And then bear says to me
Last Line: Way ya hi yo


MORPHINE AND CODEINE       
First Line: What was it you told me about your pain?
Last Line: So I knew what you were thinking, who dreamed for years %of cancer, that loup garou, that house fire


MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE       
First Line: Has opened its doors
Last Line: But nobody can agree on the price of admission


MYSTERY OF MUSIC       
First Line: The guitar discovered flute's mangled body
Last Line: When saxophone solved the crime


NATIVE AMERICAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM       
First Line: Five hundred years from now, archaeologists will discover
Last Line: The grasses grow %the rivers flow
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Cherokee Indians; Greyhounds; Native Americans - History; Native Americans - Wars; Nuclear War; Trail Of Tears (1838-39); Travel


NATIVE HERO       
First Line: I can never call the reservation home
Last Line: No matter where it goes or what hand it chooses %I can never call the reservation home


NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ALLOWED       
First Line: At the spokane tribal centennial celebration but seymour is a
Last Line: Skinless, driving our cars straight off cliffs directly into%the beginning of nowhere


ONE STICK SONG       
First Line: And so now, near the end of the game
Last Line: Returned to me %returned to me


OPEN BOOKS       
First Line: Along with the sonnets and blank verse
Last Line: Off, would not reach us for decades


OWL DANCING WITH FRED ASTAIRE       
First Line: I met the indian woman who asked fred astaire to dance
Last Line: And, of course, y is always equal to fred astaire


PAWN SHOP       
First Line: I walk into the bar, after being gone for a while, and it's empty
Last Line: A single heart beating under glass, and I know who it used to belong %to, I know all of them


PENANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember sun
Last Line: They can possibly hold
Subject(s): Sports


PENANCE       
First Line: I remember sun
Last Line: Ness, between the hands reach- %ing up and everything %they can possibly hold
Subject(s): Sports


POEM WRITTEN IN REPLICATION OF MY FATHER'S UNFINISHED NOVEL       
First Line: Indian summer. Leaves fallen
Last Line: This is all I know about peace


POSTCARDS TO COLUMBUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Beginning at the front door of the white house, travel west
Last Line: Of your television set? Can you hear the ghost of drums approasching?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


POSTCARDS TO COLUMBUS       
First Line: Beginning at the front door of the white house, travel west
Last Line: Of your television set? Can you hear ghosts of drums approaching?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POWWOW       
First Line: You too can have a photographic memory
Last Line: A little but more and more it's memory lasting longer %and longer like uranium just beginning a half


POWWOW AT THE END OF THE WORLD       
First Line: I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall
Last Line: With my tribe during the powwow at the end of the world


POWWOW LOVE SONGS       
First Line: Mating indians and mating birds are the same,' says a white friend
Last Line: When she is absent, I hold that quilt to my face %and memorize its smell


POWWOW POLAROID    Poem Text    
First Line: We were fancydancing, you see
Last Line: My uncle held his great belly in his hands, walked amoung the fancy dancers / forgiveness
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


POWWOW POLAROID       
First Line: We were fancydancing, you see
Last Line: The fancydancers, said this: %forgiveness
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


PRAYER ANIMALS       
First Line: Do not try to convince me the united states is anything other than savannah
Last Line: My only question: will the hunter use the rifle or his teeth


READING HARVEY SHAPIRO'S POETRY WHILE STANDING IN LINE       
First Line: I am afraid of space, the lack of gravity, the immeasurable cold
Last Line: A strong wind could blow a star-shaped hole right through both of us


RED BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Music. Then, more music. Does it matter what kind? Let's say it is bagpipes
Last Line: It;s just me and my blues
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Dancing & Dancers; Native Americans; Uncles


RED BLUES       
First Line: Music. Then, more music. Does it matter what kind? Let's say it is bagpipes
Last Line: Listen, sweetheart. Can you hear that music? Then, more music? It's just me and my blues
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


RESERVATION CAB DRIVER       
First Line: Waits outside the breakaway bar
Last Line: Same place you are, crazy horse answers %somewhere way up the goddamn road


RESERVATION LOVE SONG       
First Line: I can meet you
Last Line: They smell like grandmother %hands digging up roots %they have powerful magic %we can sleep good %we


RISE       
First Line: We are taught to take the bread
Last Line: Amen, amen, amen


RUNNING FROM THE MAFIA       
First Line: I dreamed the mafia
Last Line: Mafia exactly like I whisper your name


SASQUATCH POEMS       
First Line: I believe in sasquatch
Last Line: With a smile, I don't know if I believe in sasquatch %but he sure do stink


SEATTLE, 1987       
First Line: This late in the 20th century
Last Line: There are so many illusions I need to believe


SECONDHAND GRIEF       
First Line: After his father dies
Last Line: Strangers all of them


SEVEN LOVE SONGS WHICH INCLUDE THE COLLECTED HISTORY OF THE       
First Line: In this life, I feared you
Last Line: After 500 years of continuous lies, %I would still sign treaties for you


SEX IN MOTEL ROOMS       
First Line: Because I need music
Last Line: Vacant motel room in the world


SHOES       
First Line: Let's say
Last Line: Sucking on your own toes? %do you remember all that simple joy?


SIGN LANGUAGE       
First Line: Find the spokane river as it leaves
Last Line: I hold my index finger and thumnb an inch apart


SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF GOD       
First Line: She, who was once my sister
Last Line: Is now the dust %the soft edge of the earth


SISTER FIRE, BROTHER SMOKE       
First Line: Have I b ecome an accomplished liar
Last Line: If I see my sisster in every fire


SITTIN' ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY       
First Line: Otis redding %died only a few days after
Last Line: One because there was nothing else to do


SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED       
First Line: Gordie the glazer making donuts
Last Line: Teaching his daughter card tricks, %watching the windows %waiting for something to happen


SONG OF OURSELF       
First Line: While walt whitman sang about his body, the still body
Last Line: Of one indian grew into two, then ten, then multitudes


SONNET: TATTOO TEARS       
First Line: No one will believe this story I'm telling, so it must be true
Last Line: Imagine how much of the reservation she had tattooed across her skin?


SOON TO BE A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL       
First Line: All of the indian boys in the world
Last Line: Somewhere behind the poker-faced moon


SPECIAL DELIVERY       
First Line: Thomas builds-the-fire told his story to every other skin on the
Last Line: Listened to the spaces between sound. It isn't necessary, she wanted %to say, it isn't necessary


SPOKANE TRIBAL CELEBRATION, SEPTEMBER 1987       
First Line: This is the first powwow I
Last Line: Will drink all night long, if seymour's dreams %will keep him warm like a blanket, like a fire


SUDDEN DEATH       
First Line: Down past the tracks in the tin shack
Last Line: On the platform, whistling for god and 1956 %to pick him up,carry him on their shoulders


SUGAR TOWN       
First Line: My father, my van gogh, is crazy
Last Line: A better man than I am


SUMMER OF BLACK WIDOWS       
First Line: The spiders appeared suddenly
Last Line: Nor water, neither rock nor wind, %can bring them down


SUPPLY & DEMAND       
First Line: Lester fallsapart made a small fortune
Last Line: And we cried %until all we could do was laugh


TEN THOUSAND FATHERS       
First Line: Everywhere fathers are dying or dead
Last Line: Curse and praise and curse and praise our fathers


TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE       
First Line: I %have seen it
Last Line: Hunger becomes madness easily


THAT PLACE WHERE GHOSTS OF SALMON JUMP       
First Line: Coyote was alone and angry because he could not find love
Last Line: Where I sing softly, under my breath, alone and angry


THE POWWOW AT THE END OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall
Last Line: With my tribe during the powwow at the end of the world
Subject(s): Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


THEOLOGY       
First Line: The mad barber wants to cut my hair
Last Line: And shoot him twice %once in each eye.


THEOLOGY OF COCKROACHES       
First Line: Cockroach %diane says, it might have been
Last Line: A cockroach or nothing at all
Subject(s): Cockroaches


THINGS (FOR AN INDIAN) TO DO IN NEW YORK (CITY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Walk down the avenue of the americas
Last Line: She loves me, she loves me
Subject(s): New York City; Native Americans; Identity; Urban Life


THINGS (FOR AN INDIAN) TO DO IN NEW YORK (CITY)       
First Line: Walk down the avenue of the americas
Last Line: She loves me, she loves me [or, she loves me, of course, she's my wife]
Subject(s): Cities


TINY TREATIES       
First Line: What I remember most about loving you
Last Line: Because I don't want to know the answer


TOTEMS       
First Line: Meryl streep
Last Line: Martin luther king jr %father %mother


TOURISTS: 1. JAMES DEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Walks everywhere now. He's afraid of fast cars
Last Line: He wants them to finish the song
Subject(s): Dean, James (1931-1955)


TOURISTS: 1. JAMES DEAN       
First Line: Walks everywhere now. He's afraid of fast cars
Last Line: He wants them to finish the song
Variant Title(s): For The Avery 'knickerbocker
Subject(s): Dean, James (1931-1955)


TOURISTS: 2. JANIS JOPLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sits by the jukebox in the powwow tavern
Last Line: Sings along off key
Subject(s): Joplin, Janis (1943-1970)


TOURISTS: 2. JANIS JOPLIN       
First Line: Sits by the jukebox in the powwow tavern
Last Line: And sings along off key
Subject(s): Joplin, Janis (1943-1970)


TOURISTS: 3. MARILYN MONROE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drives herself to the reservation. Tired and cold
Last Line: Finally, she is no more naked than anyone else
Subject(s): Monroe, Marilyn (1926-1962)


TOURISTS: 3. MARILYN MONROE       
First Line: Drives herself to the reservation. Tired and cold
Last Line: Finally, she is no more naked than anyone else
Subject(s): Monroe, Marilyn (1926-1962)


TRANSIENT       
First Line: If it was your face I saw
Last Line: Alone, we had come together %to call this space arched in our backs home


TRANSLATED FROM THE AMERICAN    Poem Text    
First Line: After all the drive-in theaters have closed
Last Line: I'll give them exa t directions
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


TRANSLATED FROM THE AMERICAN       
First Line: After all the drive-in theaters have closed
Last Line: I'll give them exact directions
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


TRAVELING       
First Line: My eyes were closed tight in the reservation november night and
Last Line: To the van, put my shoulder to the cold metal and waited forsome- %thing to change


UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ME       
First Line: Late summer night on the spokane indian reservation. Ten indi
Last Line: Thank you,' I say, 'but that's my father sitting right next to you.'


VISION (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: No money for lunch so I rode an elevator to the top of the onb
Last Line: Extras, we're a; extras
Subject(s): Native Americans; Racism; Motion Pictures


VISION (2)       
First Line: No money for lunch so I rode an elevator to the top of the onb
Last Line: Voice or his song. %extras, we're all extras
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


WAR ALL THE TIME       
First Line: Crazy horse comes back from vietnam
Last Line: Crazy horse tells him you can't stop a man %from trying to survive, no matter where he is


WARRIORS: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN       
First Line: Five or six or seven spokane indian girls played on the warriors
Last Line: Spokane indian women, I'm sorry. I grew up distant and always afraid


WARRIORS: A LEXICAL INTERLUDE       
First Line: A reservation little league baseball team called the warriors?
Last Line: Irony played third base


WARRIORS: A NOSTALGIC INTERLUDE       
First Line: My father always used to tell me that he was so poor he had to
Last Line: Ful, with a left-handed catcher's mitt tied loosely to his belt


WARRIORS: A PHILOSOPHICAL INTERLUDE       
First Line: A few years ago, I drove up to chewelah, washington, to watch
Last Line: It never happens,' he said. 'nothing ever happens in right field.'


WARRIORS: DESIGNATED HITTER       
First Line: Randy peone, the blue-eyed spokane indian, was the star
Last Line: Game. Randy and I danced circles around each other as we celebrated our victory


WARRIORS: EXTRA INNINGS       
First Line: In my dreams, I step up to the plate and the bases are loaded
Last Line: Swing and swing. I hate baseball


WARRIORS: IN THE BATTER'S BOX       
First Line: I literally could not hit the ball. I swung and whiffed, swung
Last Line: Met to the ground, and flop on the bench. Nobody would say a word to me


WARRIORS: OPENING DAY       
First Line: I hate baseball. I hate it because of its patriotic and inaccurate
Last Line: Fielding skills, I knew I was destined for mediocrity as a baseball player


WARRIORS: STRATOMATIC INDIANS       
First Line: Steve lebret, my next door neighbor and brother-by-proclama
Last Line: Almost died. He was alive


WATER       
First Line: I know a woman %who swims naked in the ocean
Last Line: Like everything was two parts broken heart and one part hope


WHAT WE NOTICE, WHAT WE MISS       
First Line: Sixty-seven beer bottles hidden beneath the bed
Last Line: Carrying god on its shoulders


WHEN I DIE       
First Line: Call the cooks
Last Line: Bury me alone %in old blankets %'bones,' we whisper in stick game %we all get to choose


WHEN I WAS MY FATHER I SANG LOVE SONGS TO MY SON       
First Line: Drunk like that, I
Last Line: One day longer than you


WHY INDIAN MEN FALL IN LOVE WITH WHITE WOMEN       
First Line: This is how it is.' says the white woman in the donut shop
Last Line: Balanced on the lower lid of her left eye. She is job, my dear job


WHY WE PLAY BASKETBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: In december, snow / covered the court
Last Line: We build small fires
Subject(s): Basketball; Native Americans


WHY WE PLAY BASKETBALL       
First Line: In december, snow %covered the court
Last Line: We build small fires
Subject(s): Sports