what is authentic,
then go after it with all your heart.
Your heart, that place
you don't even think of cleaning out.
That closet stuffed with savage mementos.
Excerpt from "Advice to Myself," Louise Erdrich, in When The Light Of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, ed. Joy Harjo with Leanne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster, and Contibuting Editors