"Native Americans" vs. "The Poets"
You know that solitary Indian
sitting in his fringed leathers
on his horse at the rise of the hill
face painted, holding a lance
there just at the horizon?
That guy's got a Ph.D.
He's the Indian for Mankato State or Carroll College
Indian professors at universities throughout the country
No B, no C, just solitary romanticized A
Not much of a threat that way
Real trouble is
still doesn't know what to do with Indians
Looked for your books lately in Powell's
or 57th St. Books?
Check first in folklore or anthropology
Found Louis' Wolfsong in black literature
Hell no wonder we all got an identity crisis
You a poet?
No, I just write Indian stuff.
From Trailing You (1994)
Used with permission of the author.