Bob Ivry: On Sherman Alexie

"[Alex Kuo’s poetry workshop] was the first place I ever read contemporary poems, especially contemporary American Indian poems. And I read one poem in particular that was revolutionary and revelatory. The line was, ‘I’m in the resrvation of my mind.’ It was by Adrian Louis, a Paiute Indian poet. For me, that was like, ‘In the beginning . . .’ It was , ‘Because I could not stop for death, death kindly stopped for me . . .’ It was ‘ I sing the body electric . . .’ It was all that and more. It was the first line I ever read in any work, any fiction anywhere that ever applied to something I knew. Literally, it was this flash of lightning, roll of thunder, Bert Parks parking, Bob Barker barking, where I understood everything that I ever wanted to be. At that moment. When I read that line. It was really like that, like a light switch. And at that moment I knew I wanted to be a writer."

From Bob Ivry, "From the Reservation of His Mind." Bergen Record 28 June 1998. 


Title Bob Ivry: On Sherman Alexie Type of Content General Poet Criticism
Criticism Author Bib Ivry Criticism Target Sherman Alexie
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 11 Jan 2015
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication From the Reservation of His Mind
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