Sherman Alexie
Curse # 7

Today, I saw

A red car

Make an illegal left


And almost hit

A blue car

Running a red.


The drivers, suddenly

Angry survivors,

Braked hard, threw


Open their doors,

Jumped into the street,

And pummeled


Each other.

From this day

Forward, I want


You to be

Both of those




Found In Volume 41, No. 04
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Sherman Alexie
About the Author

Sherman Alexie is the author of twenty-two books, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, War Dances, winner of the 2010 PEN Faulkner Award, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, a PEN Hemingway Special Citation winner. He is also the winner of the 2001 PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story. Smoke Signals, the film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers’ Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.