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Poetry. Native American Studies. FIRST INDIAN ON THE MOON opens with the section "Influences": "where I have been/ most of my lives/ is where I'm going/--Lucille Clifton". The stories and poems of Sherman Alexie, an enrolled Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian from Wellpint, Washington, have appeared widely, in such publications as Caliban, Esquire, The World, Beloit Poetry Journal, Red Dirt, Zyzzyva and Story. Alexie has won a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship, and lives in Spokane. "These elegiac ...
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Brooklyn, NY 1993 Hardcover First Limited edition. Signed by the author. As New Book without Dust Jacket as issued 116 pages. First edition, first printing. One of 500 copies ... signed by Alexie on the title page. Illustrated by Eric Gansworth. As new book. No dust jacket as issued. A beautiful copy! Read more Show Less

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Poetry. Native American Studies. FIRST INDIAN ON THE MOON opens with the section "Influences": "where I have been/ most of my lives/ is where I'm going/--Lucille Clifton". The stories and poems of Sherman Alexie, an enrolled Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian from Wellpint, Washington, have appeared widely, in such publications as Caliban, Esquire, The World, Beloit Poetry Journal, Red Dirt, Zyzzyva and Story. Alexie has won a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship, and lives in Spokane. "These elegiac poems and stories will break your heart. Watch this guy. He's making myth"--Joy Harjo.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reading this latest offering of poetry and short prose pieces from Native American writer Alexie ( The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven ), it's easy to see why his work has garnered so much attention. Working from a carefully developed understanding of his place in an oppressed culture, he focuses on the need to tear down obstacles before nature tears them down. Fire is therefore a central metaphor: a sister and brother-in-law killed, a burnt hand, cars aflame. Tongue in cheek, Alexie inserts images from popular songs and movies, and catalogues aspects of traditional reservation life that have been sacrificed in America's melting pot. ``After 500 years of continuous lies / I would still sign treaties for you,'' he says in one of this volume's many love poems--a love so powerful it threatens to engulf readers as well. Alexie renews the nearly forgotten sense of language equaling power. And the language in these sequential works is flawless, each section picking up from and expanding upon the previous one, poetry and prose working naturally together. ``Imagination is all we have as defense against capture and its inevitable changes,'' he writes. And he proves his point. (Dec.)
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Outraged pride, broken promises, and the scourge of alcoholism are the burden of these sharp-edged, high-impact poems, prose poems, mini-essays, and fragments of stories woven together in a tapestry of pain about death by fire and survival by endurance on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Memories of great Indian chiefs, ``fancydancers,'' powwow campfires, and ``some Crazy Horse dream,'' set against cruelty toward Native Americans, reveal ``what went wrong with our love.'' Caught between alien white and disintegrated Native American cultures, ``homeless and hopeful,'' Alexie uses the ``magic and loss'' of song and story to forge an ``entire identity'' out of anger and the nightmare of racism. Despite pain, this moving work celebrates something that can't be killed by cavalry swords, Thunderbird wine, ``fake ceremonies,'' or ``continuous lies'': there is ``nothing more beautiful than snow fallen onto the dark hair and braids of these Spokane Indians.'' For general collections.-- Frank Allen, West Virginia State Coll., Institute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882413034
  • Publisher: Hanging Loose Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Sherman Alexie's poems, fiction, essays and films have won him an international following since his first book, THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING, was published in 1992. SMOKE SIGNALS, the film he adapted from one of his short stories and co-produced, enlarged his audience still further. Alexie's awards include the Stranger Genius Award in Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature in Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature as well as honors and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Foundation, and a citation as "One of 20 Best American Novelists Under the Age of 40" from Granta magazine. An enrolled Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, Alexie lives in Seattle with his wife and sons.
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Table of Contents

These Are The Streets 11
Celebrations 12
Questions 13
New York Summer 14
Meditation On A Brooklyn Bench 15
City Ethic 16
New York Note 17
Hollywood Note 18
Brooklyn Heights 19
Brooklyn Nights 20
Fact 21
Monday In New York 22
Lessons 23
August, From Brooklyn 24
Lower East Side 25
Lit-Crit 29
On Writing 31
Sunday School 35
Bible Lesson 36
Genesis 37
After The Fall 38
For Paul Celan And Primo Levi 39
Tonight 40
Loyalty 41
Snapshot 42
Assimilation 43
Natural History 44
Jerusalem 45
Bronx Elegy 46
A Tel Aviv Notebook 47
Aubade 53
His Age 54
Table Scene 55
History 56
The Encounter 57
Politics 58
Pleasure 59
Belief Systems 60
Another Story 61
Masha 62
Education 63
A Story 64
Fancy 65
How It Ended 66
When The Spirit 69
Before Sleep 70
On My Portrait By Rose Graubart 71
Ocean Dawn 72
The Text 73
For Charles Reznikoff 74
Saroyan 75
Portrait 76
Losses 77
Goodbye, Rio 78
Family Man 79
A Day 80
Tranquility 81
1943 82
Blowing Smoke 83
Iggy 84
Vineyard Autumn 85
Sunday 86
Self Portrait 87
The Boast 88
Years Ago 89
Shoppers 90
A Day's Portion 91
The Defense 92
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