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Daniel G. Snethen: Fly Collector

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Art by Bernice Holtzman İ 2022

Fly Collector

 

by Daniel G. Snethen

 

Blue-bottle blow flies

& sarcophagic flesh flies

neatly mounted—skewered

with nylon-headed Bohemian pins,

by the thousands, filled tens of dozens

of professionally made Cornell

entomological specimen drawers.

 

On display, neatly dispersed,

throughout his country cottage.

Filled with expertly pinned,

captive-raised flies.

 

Nurtured from blood-fed maggots

collected at crime scenes.

 

Each encasement a sacred mausoleum:

a genetic gene pool of human DNA,

labeled with taxonomic information; locality;

date; collector nomenclature and

corpus delicti identification.

 

 

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake, and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.



Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications İ 2022