The Madness of Richard Madoc


Tiel Aisha Ansari

Poems inspired by the story “Calliope”

in Neil Gaiman's Sandman


Copyright 2011, Tiel Aisha Ansari

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is the title of a story that appears as part of Neil Gaiman's ground-breaking comic Sandman, published by DC Comics between 1989 and 1996. In it, the Lord of Dreams and Master of Stories warns the writer Richard Madoc to release the muse Calliope, whom Madoc is holding prisoner and abusing for inspiration. Madoc complains that without Calliope he's a failure as a writer; he has no ideas of his own. “Ideas you will have,” says Morpheus. “IDEAS IN ABUNDANCE.”

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