PBS On-Line Video: Poet Sherman Alexie Talks ‘Faces’ and ‘War Dances’

What inspires a poem for me is usually a moment. It’s often eavesdropping, either listening to people or watching them, something somebody will say. You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don’t realize it.

- Sherman Alexie

PBS News Hour – Author Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation; much of his work centers around the intersections of mainstream American and tribal culture. In this part of the NewsHour’s series on poets and poetry, Alexie talks about his new book of poetry called “Faces” and his short story collection, “War Dances.” He also reads several poems, including one about his dad, an alcoholic who died early.

“I grew up in that space between my father’s enormous potential and everything he did not accomplish. And I think that’s what my poems and stories are all about, in some way, even when I’m writing about anything else,” he explains.

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