Back to business. I don't think she was psychotic, John; I think she was too canny for that. She was very aware of trends in the external literary world. I think she was agoraphobic and she might have had a laundry list of other phobias as well. She was reclusive, yes, and when she was ill once, her poor doctor had to diagnose her by having her run across the doorway while she was dressed in a shift. The light was none too good. That's what Don Justice claimed at any rate, and he was very much into her stuff.
If you read her stuff, she was certainly peculiar, but there is no hint of any sort of formal thought disorder or of any flight of ideas or of any pressured thinking. The linking in her thoughts would have been unusual if she weren't a poet, but of course she was. There was no evidence of delusional thinking or of hallucinations, either negative or positive, no thought deletion or insertion or any of the usual wrecking crew that would define schizophrenic thought.
You can draw a distinction between odd folks and crazy folks, and she was definitely on the odd side, but she was pretty clearly oriented to time, place and person. Her grooming was supposed to be impecable. She was impoverished in terms of her social sphere and she never made any really close partner relationships that we know of, which might place her, again, in the schizoid or schizotypal range if, and this is an enormous if, we had evidence of strange sorts of thinking, funny ideas and stuff of that sort. Her withdrawal is much more straightforwardly explained by a phobia. Psychosis is unlikely.
That's what I think, at any rate.
What are your thoughts on the matter?