X. Zombie Writer called himself Zombie Writer
because he considered an initial in front of
a middle name an affectation, like L. Ron Hubbard.
X for a last name was okay, like Malcolm X.
If you said Martin people knew you meant
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you said Marlon they knew you meant
Marlon Brando. Jack could be anybody—
Jack Kerouac—but Cracker Jack was fairly specific.
Dick Gregory called a book Nigger.
I call Stack Cracker.
Cracker is pejorative.
I’m a cracker.
It don’t make me
a bad person.