"The Search Engine"
• "The Search Engine"
• Corliss Joseph is a nineteen-year-old Spokane Indian woman attending Washington State University.
• At the library, Corliss discovers a book of poems by a Spokane Indian man named Harlan Atwater.
• Fascinated by Atwater's free-verse sonnets, Corliss attempts to find information about the poet.
• In a published interview in a Seattle newspaper, Atwater discusses his tribe and Indian culture but no one Corliss questions about him has ever heard of Atwater.
• Corliss finds an old phone listing for Atwater and dials the number.
• An old man who says he is Atwater wishes Corliss well but hangs up on her.
• Corliss shows up at Atwater's house.
• To Corliss's disappointment, Atwater is short, fat, and old.
• Atwater and Corliss go to a bookstore to talk.
• Atwater tells Corliss he was raised by white adoptive parents and his poems about life as an Indian are fictional...
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