Why are the famous writers often crazy? Question
from Fiction Class. Crazed? Cracked? Glass ceiling
fragmented into 10,000 fine lines of leisure lesion
letting in aliens & outside noetic birds of paradise
flying round looking to roost & brood & don’t they fly
right by you and me: whole and hale and sealed-in
against intrusion and any immaculate conception not
by the hairs of my chinny chin chins. But these famous
righters are crack- ups, compulsive, obsessive, bound
back to some source beyond them god damnit, listening
to the muse as Barbara McClintock said: “I lean in listening
to the corn shoots and that's how I got my Nobel Prize in
genius in genetics.” Obedience. On the edge, yes? Of
course they are. Cutting edge for crying out loud. Hurts.
They suffer it or they don’t. Insurance executives go crazy.
too. And Doctors. Lawyers. Indian Chiefs.