Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. FLIES is a series of poems narrated by eight flies who patiently wait for the death and then piggishly devour the remains of Sam Jeden, an old man who faces his end without friends or family. The real matter of the poems is loneliness, something flies do not experience but ultimately learn from Sam.
About the Author
FLIES (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012) is John Surowiecki's fourth book of poetry. The others are: Barney and Gienka (CW Books, 2010), The Hat City After Men Stopped Wearing Hats (The Word Works, 2007) and WATCHING CARTOONS BEFORE ATTENDING A FUNERAL (White Pine Press, 2003). He's also published six chapbooks, including two with Ugly Duckling Presse: Mr. Z., Mrs. Z., J.Z., S.Z. (2011) and Further Adventures of My Nose (2008; out of print, but enjoying a second life as part of Ugly Duckling Presse's online chapbook archive).