Waiting for Sherman Alexie

          our keynote speaker is on

          midnight’s minneapolis plane


          autumn stars parsed

          above bismarck airport


          my students liked your novel

          the dean was nervous


          presidential candidates debate

          arnold spirit jr’s two tribe theory


          I’m wearing a yankees cap

          in western north dakota


          like your protaganist

          I’ve been nomadic


          waiting for sherman alexie

          listening to prairie public radio


          tomorrow is columbus day





                                                                 Thomas Stein