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Sherman  Alexie

Sherman Alexie

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Sherman Alexie grew up on a reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He is the author of eight poetry collections, including The Business of Fancydancing, which was later made into a movie, I Would Steal Horses, and

The Powwow at the End of the World
by Sherman Alexie

I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall   
after an Indian woman puts her shoulder to the Grand Coulee Dam   
and topples it. I am told by many of you that I must forgive   
and so I shall after the floodwaters burst each successive dam   
downriver from the Grand Coulee. I am told by many of you   
that I must forgive and so I shall after the floodwaters find   
their way to the mouth of the Columbia River as it enters the Pacific   
and causes all of it to rise. I am told by many of you that I must forgive