Madischie Mafia

By Stuart Youngman "Sy" Hoahwah b. 1973
Velroy de-jays the séance-turntables,
spinning black water,
scratching out full moons
with red and blue curves of hip hop.
In the dance club, bodies are a collection
of sunrise songs in reverse.

Corey wears her cat-eye contacts
and no panties.
There’s the bathroom-stall
eagle medicine with Ecstasy placed on the tongue.
She handles the lace like a Kiowa church hymn.

Dee is Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche,
Kiowa, and Fort Sill Apache.
He couldn’t enroll into any tribe
but he can grass dance, bump and grind,
and do the Jerry Lewis.
Black girls love him.

Stoney has four wives, Indian way.
He has ghost medicine
and carries a small white ball of clay.
He sells peyote and coke to the white boys.

I have a southern accent.
I killed a Lakota man,
he was a Rollin ’20.
It was with a shotgun.
It was powwow season,
I fancy danced.

Sy Hoahwah, “Madischie Mafia” from Velroy and the Madischie Mafia. Copyright © 2009 by Sy Hoahwah.

Source: Velroy and the Madischie Mafia (West End Press, 2009)

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Poet Stuart Youngman "Sy" Hoahwah b. 1973

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Relationships, Men & Women, Friends & Enemies, Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance, Social Commentaries, Race & Ethnicity

Biography

A member of the Comanche Nation, Sy Hoawah’s family descends from both the Yapaituka/Penatuka Comanche and the Bad Faces band of the Southern Arapaho. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Hoahwah was raised in Arkansas and southwestern Oklahoma. He is a direct descendent of Comanch orator and principal chief Ten Bears, and of the Arapaho leader, Little Raven. Hoahwah earned an MFA from the University of Arkansas and is the author of . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Friends & Enemies, Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance, Social Commentaries, Race & Ethnicity

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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