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Crazy Horse Speaks (excerpt)

Sherman Alexie

I wear the color of my skin
like a brown paper bag
wrapped around a bottle.
Sleeping between
the pages of dictionaries
your language cuts
tears holes in my tongue
until I do not have strength
to use the word "love."
What could it mean
in this city where everyone is

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"Crazy Horse Speaks" (excerpt) from Native American Literature, published by Harper Collins. Copyright © 1990 by Sherman Alexie. Reprinted by permission of the author.


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