by Sherman Alexie
This is a small book of his stories and poems. His poetry has a clarity and simplicity that makes me glad about poetry again each time I read it. I read a lot of poetry and much of it is uptight, insecure bullshit. I'm afraid that might include my own. So reading Alexie's I feel at once so obviously not an Indian and that words have power when they are strung together with love and care.
There's love and care for words themselves, the reader, and for the subjects he writes about.
Also, he was very funny on The Colbert Report in late November: