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Tis wonderful how circumstances roll into each other. With the information that Hugh Simmonds body was discovered in woods near Chalfont St. Giles, and that village being the one time home of the poet John Milton one’s mind is drawn to the visionary romantic poet and artist, William Blake. Next I hear from my friend Neil Hague, a contemporary Blake, in many ways, with news of his latest artwork…and then I get a notice from WordPress of a new ‘like’ and ‘follow’ on my books’ blog, by the illustrator and writer G.E. Gallas who has only gone and produced a stunning graphic novel in a tribute to William Blake.
The Poet and the Flea is a reimagining of the life of the poet-painter William Blake. Set in 1790, at the onset of The Industrial Revolution, William suffers from the death of his beloved younger brother, Robert. Catherine (Kate) Blake attempts to comfort her husband, but cannot dispel his grief. During this spell of anxiety, William is visited by an ominous creature: The Ghost of a Flea. The Flea reveals a vested interest in William’s spiritual well-being — the result of an unorthodox wager. Will William triumph over The Flea’s sinister meddling? Or will he fall victim to The Flea’s corruption?
The Poet and the Flea Ode to William Blake