First Indian on the Moon

ISBN: 1882413024
ISBN 13: 9781882413027
By: Sherman Alexie

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Poetry. Native American Studies. FIRST INDIAN ON THE MOON opens with the section "Influences": "where I have been/ most of my lives/ is where I'm going/--Lucille Clifton." The stories and poems of Sherman Alexie, an enrolled Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian from Wellpint, Washington, have appeared widely, in such publications as Caliban, Esquire, The World, Beloit Poetry Journal, Red Dirt, Zyzzyva and Story. Alexie has won a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship, and lives in Spokane. "These elegiac poems and stories will break your heart. Watch this guy. He's making myth"--Joy Harjo.

Reader's Thoughts


Sherman Alexie is one of the most prolific Native American authors I have come across. His writing is simple but lyrical. Mistreatment in reservation life is dominant in this book of poems and short stories and his personal experiences (including alcoholism) make appearances in the work. My favorite poems are "Influences" and "Tiny Treaties."


I love Sherman Alexie's work; but I did not like this book much at all. It is full of lovely poetry, but the main theme is alcoholism -- and I found that tedious and unenjoyable. I don't want to read poetry about alcoholism. I have no tolerance for alcoholism -- I've seen it destroy too many family members. Not My Thing.


3 and a half stars

tartaruga fechada

This.Listen: imagination is all we have as defense against capture and its inevitable changes.


The alcoholic love poems...


Might be one of my favorite Alexie's... and I don't even like poetry! (most of the time)


I cook in this!

Robert Bason

I had to read this a few pieces at a time, because of the intensity. This is an early work by Alexie and it shows a little. It is mostly whose prose poetry, some quite interesting. I'm glad I read it, as it gives clearly that promise as a terrific writer which he has now accomplished.


With the exception of some poignant poetry that I really enjoyed 3/4 of the way through the book, I have come to the realization that I prefer Alexie's linear prose, complete with full character development, like Flight or Absolutely True Diary. But thank you to Alison for lending me this book!

Ginny Page

One of the books that brought the manna to earth for me. Poetry was not only accessible but attainable through Alexie.

Eva Sanchez


Loren Toddy

An okay book but it wasn't my cup of tea. I prefer his short stories and novels it seems.


I love Sherman Alexie.


still good stuff, but his more recent poetry is funnier.

James R. C. Baker Baker

Irresistible revelations: "All the Skinswould laugh into their fistsat my wake."

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