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You Could Call It Singing: James Schuyler’s Other Flowers

You Could Call It Singing: James Schuyler’s Other Flowers

Franklin Bruno

Schuyler went many rounds with mental instability, variously diagnosed as schizophrenia and depression, from the 1950s on… While his suffering figured in his writing, it was not its creative wellspring; the poems are not visionary, and do not aim to blur the line between sanity and madness. Yet he is often written about as a somewhat saintly figure, especially in later years, a holy fool with an effortless connection to his art.