Trials and Tribulations of Dirty Shame, Oklahoma beautifully showcases Comanche gothic literature, a new genre in Indigenous literature, at its creative best. In the tradition of The Iliad and Paradise Lost, this book is an epic poem of heroic and biblical proportions. Three Indigenous young people discover that the Holy Grail has been on the North American continent for centuries, and in Oklahoma for the last two. Battling both human and supernatural enemies, Velroy, Mia, and Stoney struggle to get the Holy Grail out of Indian Country to save their families and community and bring true peace back to their ordinary, Dirty Shame lives.
"Sy Hoahwah has written poems that tear down the bridges between the Comanche and America. He travels the warrior road. His inheritance and obligation is to protect and guard his peoples' way. Hoahwah's wry sense of justice and literary knowledge paints a new road on the tapestry of Indigenous resistance."--Lance Henson, author of The Missing Bead: Poems for the Cheyenne
"Sy Hoahwah's Trials and Tribulations of Dirty Shame, Oklahoma remarkably represents a Comanche-centric narrative that creatively migrates through our tribal geography and history. There is a hero's journey in search of vengeance, justice, and redemption in a creative world that reflects our own mixed, and mixed-up, selves in search of something deeper and more meaningful as human beings."--Dustin Tahmahkera, author of Cinematic Comanches: The Lone Ranger in the Media Borderlands
Trials and Tribulations of Dirty Shame, Oklahoma
Blood and Bowtie
The Jolly Rancher Incident
The Legend of the Floating Coffin
Other Prose Poems
The Abandonment of Dirty Shame, Oklahoma
Softly . . .
The Approximate Wingspan of My Favorite Cancer . . .
Piheet = Three
Here in Dirty Shame
Things to Consider When Visiting the Birthplace of Your Favorite Obscure American Nineteenth-Century Poet
After Cancer, I Carried On with Myself
There Was a Time when Emily Dickinson Lived among the Quohada Comanche
Twelve-Hour Buffalo Robe Calendar of a Housefly