Sherman Alexie

A Quote by Sherman Alexie on easter, love, communion, and prayer

We are taught to take the bread
into our bodies
as proof of Jesus's body...

Suddenly, we are wed
and I am just as surprised as you
that marriage has become our bread...

Look. I don't know what
would help me believe
that we have become sacred...

If that was Easter
then the church was full
as we stood against the wall

praying for an empty pew.
If that was Easter
then I rose that morning

in love with you
though I rise every morning
from the water, more or less

in love with you.
If that was Easter
then you were asked

to be the Eucharistic minister.
If that was Easter
then you surprised me

by placing salmon on my tongue.
Then I surprised you
by swallowing it whole.

Amen, amen, amen.

Sherman Alexie

Source: One Stick Song, Pages: 80-81

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on literature, enjambment, assonance, alliteration, and self-importance

Let us now celebrate the literary allusion.
Let us now celebrate the trope and willful
enjambment. Let us now celebrate
the assonance and alliteration of all of it.
Let us now celebrate the sound of our own voices.

Sherman Alexie

Source: One Stick Song, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on euphemism, honesty, words, native american, indian, god, great spirit, and mother earth

Non-Indian writers usually say "Great Spirit," "Mother Earth," "Two-Legged, Four-Legged, and Winged." Mixed-blood writers usually say "Creator, "Mother Earth," "Two-Legged, Four- Legged, and Winged." Indian writers usually say "God," "Mother Earth," "Human Being, Dog, and Bird."

Sherman Alexie

Source: One Stick Song

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on love

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And none of these people, not one of them, had loved any of the others well enough.  Failures, he thought, we're all failures...  He wanted his love to be the wine and bread, and the blood and flesh.  He reached for her, a dangerous stranger in a city of dangerous strangers, but she turned away from him and walked unsteadily through the crowd. How many loveless people walk among the barely loved?

Sherman Alexie

Source: Ten Little Indians, Pages: 95

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on hate crimes, irony, indians, native americans, spokane indian, and xenophobia

Last September 16th, I was walking in downtown Seattle when this pick-up truck pulls up in front of me. Guy leans out the window and yells, "Go back to your own country," and I was laughing so hard because it wasn't so much a hate crime as a crime of irony.

Sherman Alexie

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on coffee, seattle, and simplicity

Being a coffee addict and living in Seattle is like being an alcoholic and having a studio apartment in the middle of a brewery.
And here in Seattle, you go into a coffee shop, and you get people who are ordering their double caffeinated cappuccino organic soy wheat free-range coffee bean grown in one-acre, you know, freedom-fighting plots in Colombia. But I like my coffee straight and black. I like it simple.

Sherman Alexie

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on environmentalism, paper, trees, politics, marriage, balance, and irony

"Boise Cascade," said the other Republican husband.
"Sierra Club," said his Democrat wife.
'Wait, wait," I said. "So one of you fights for trees and the other fights against trees?"
"No, no," he said. "We make the paper she writes on to file lawsuits against the paper we make."

Sherman Alexie

Source: Ten Little Indians

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on misanthropy, kindness to strangers, and aidos

Frank knew he was guilty of arrogance and misanthropy, but he compensated by being kind to strangers and tipping really well at restaurants.

Sherman Alexie

Source: Ten Little Indians

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on environmentalism, vegetarianism, and poverty

For one thing, environmentalism is a luxury.  Just like being a vegetarian is a luxury. When you have to worry about eating - you're not going to be worried about where the food's coming from, or who made your shoes.  Poverty, whether planned or not planned, is a way of making environmentalism moot. Even this discussion is a luxury.

Sherman Alexie

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on books and wealth

When I had no money, and a great book came out, I couldn't get it. I had to wait. I love the idea that I have hardcover books here and at home that I haven't read yet. That's how I view that I'm rich. I have hardcover books I may never read.

Sherman Alexie

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