Theodore Dreiser, as interpreted by Gary Sweeney (at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Well, in the parking lot.)
This statement raises the question, of course: where does that leave peanut butter? It helps, though, if one completes Dreiser’s quote – “… gathered on wings of misery and travail” – and you realize, oh, he’s making a figurative connection between artists and bees, and not, say, artists and mothers with full pantries and children who will only eat one kind of sandwich. Which I’m not sure is the better comparison, but whatever.