The Poet and the Flea

The Poet and the Flea arrived at the Reading Room quite a while ago as part of a large zine donation, now accessioned in the Zine Library.

Hermetic Libary Zine Accession the Poet and the Flea Cover

This zine consists of the cover, title page, and first 10 pages of The Poet and the Flea, Volume 1, “a graphic novel trilogy about the English poet-painter William Blake (1757 – 1827) and his nightmarish creation, The Ghost of a Flea. Written & Illustrated by G. E. Gallas.” “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?”

Hermetic Libary Zine Accession the Poet and the Flea Center