Three Poems

by Sherman Alexie

I loved these poems; brilliance, pathos, and humor.

I hear your strong voice echoing across the nation. I've listened to your first poems and always reach for more. I shook your hand once at Borders in Ann Arbor. Stay closer to your gentleness, avoid the harsher realities. You channel more than you know.

I love your work. I can't wait for more.

Thank you.

I was staring at some darling twins today at the pool. They were two or so and scowled powerfully. Thanks for the silly twin poem. The Sasquatch poem, too. Thanks for your work.

Your words are delightful! I actually called my husband over and made him read your poems (I never do that). More please! More!

We did not know until today that Sherman Alexie has kindly given himself permission to have his work read electronically as well as in paper. Thanks, Sherman, for your flexibility. We'll take your lead and read your work in whichever form it arrives--through your voice, over thin air, or here, on this site.

I had the pleasure of introducing a student to Alexie's work earlier this school year. The young man, a proud Kiowa, has devoured The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservations Blues, and now he's reading Ten Little Indians. It gave me goosebumps when he told me that The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven was the first book he'd ever read beginning to end. Thank you, Mr. Alexie, for putting your experience into words. My student has this review for you: "He's tight."


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