This stanza of "The Asylum" by Hayden Carruth originally appeared in For You (New York, NY: New Directions; 1970) and is reprinted by permission of the poet. The poem is included in Mukand J, ed: Sutured Words: Contemporary Poetry About Medicine (Brookline, Mass: Aviva Press [PO Box 1357]; 1987).
Edited by Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.
Poetry and Medicine. JAMA. 1989;261(17):2563. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420170113048