The Poet and the Fly

Art, Nature, God, Mortality, and Other Elusive Mysteries

The Poet and the Fly

Art, Nature, God, Mortality, and Other Elusive Mysteries

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Available July 28, 2020

Flies are the most ubiquitous of insects: buzzing, minuscule, and seemingly insignificant, they've been both plagues and minor annoyances for millennia. Rather than ignore these incredibly mundane and seemingly insignificant creatures, poets spanning centuries--from the seventeenth to the twentieth--and continents--from North America to Asia--have found that these ordinary bugs in fact illuminate deep spiritual mysteries.

In this revelatory book, Robert Hudson considers seven poets, each of whom wrote a provocative poem about a fly. These poets--all mystics in their own way--ponder the simple fly and come to astounding conclusions. Considering Emily Dickinson, William Blake, and several other poets, The Poet and the Fly brings together the poetry, the flies, and the poets' own lives to explore the imaginative, and often prophetic, insights that come from the startling combination of poetry and flies.

Ultimately, the message each poet offers to us through the fly is as relevant today as it was in their own time: the miracle of existence, the gift of mortality, the power of the imagination, the need for compassion, the existence of the soul, the mystery of everything around us, and the sacramental, grace-giving power of story.

Table of Contents

Prologue 
1. Existence: Thomas Traherne 
2. Mortality: William Oldys 
3. Imagination: William Blake 
4. Compassion: Kobayashi Issa 
5. The Soul: Emily Dickinson 
6. Things: Guillaume Apollinaire 
7. Story: Robert Farren 
Epilogue: Mystery and Faith 
Appendix: A Few More Fly Poems 
Notes 
Acknowledgments 
Bibliography 

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • ISBN 9781506457284
  • Format Hardcover
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 7.25
  • Pages 200
  • Publication Date July 28, 2020
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