I read quite a bit, and fortunately for me there are many writers whose work I enjoy. One of my favorites is Sherman Alexie, the author of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," a book which was reviewed in this space yesterday. Alexie, a Native American who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpenit, Washington, is also an accomplished poet, and I have used some of his poetry in this space in the past - including "The Theology of Cockroaches" in November of 2009 and "Evolution" in January of 2013.
I had in mind to use another poem by Mr. Alexie today, but while searching through his work, I came across the poem, "Elegy for the Forgotten Oldsmobile" by Adrian C. Louis. According to several sources, it was the poem that redirected Sherman Alexie's life toward being a writer.
Adrian C. Louis, a Paiute Indian, is a retired professor from the University of Minnesota who currently lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His writing voice sounds remarkably like that of Sherman Alexie - or vice versa!
Here is one more view of the world that produced both of these fine poets.