Sherman Alexie


How to Write the Great American Indian Novel


All of the Indians must have tragic features: tragic noses, eyes, and arms.
Their hands and fingers must be tragic when they reach for tragic food.

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Comments about this poem (How to Write the Great American Indian Novel by Sherman Alexie )

  • Rookie Laura Kiernan (2/16/2008 12:45:00 PM)

    It's true, all of this. I've yet to see any book or film about white-Indian relations where this isn't the case...a bunch of half-and-halfs running around, crying and causing drama, some random wise old Indian man or woman who seem to know everything there ever was, young lovers being torn apart, white people presented only as scoundrels who purely hate the Indians...as someone who is half-and-half, I have grown to hate most literature and film about Native Americans. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Declan McHenry (7/21/2006 2:44:00 PM)

    Sherman, absolutely stunning. The title was a pure drag in but the piece itself left me absolutely stunned. Grand. Grand indeed. (Report) Reply

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