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

by Robert Hudson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506457284
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication date: 07/28/2020
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 662,894
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert Hudson was a book editor for Zondervan for thirty-four years and is the author of the industry-standard Christian Writer's Manual of Style. He has written several other books, including Kiss the Earth When You Pray; The Monk's Record Player; and The Art of the Almost Said. As well as being an editor and writer, he has been a teacher, a bookstore clerk, a book designer, and a translator, and has certificates in hand bookbinding and hand printing. He and his wife, award-winning poet Shelley Townsend-Hudson, live in Ada, Michigan, where they play fiddle and banjo in the old-time string band Gooder'n Grits.

Table of Contents

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

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