The Atlantic - By Heart Sherman Alexie November 25, 2013 A print interview about the poetry line that made me want to drop everything and become a poet. That line? "O, Uncle Adrian, I'm in the reservation of my mind." That's from Adrian C. Louis, one of my very favorite poets. Illustration by Doug Mclean I think every writer stands in the doorway of their prison. Half in, half out. The very act of storytelling is a return to the prison of what torments us and keeps us captive, and writers are repeat offenders.