Blind Huber

Blind Huber


Book - 2002
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Award-winning poet Nick Flynn takes readers into the dangerous and irresistible center of the hive

I sit in a body & think of a body, I picture
Burnens' hands, my words
make them move. I say, plunge them into the hive,
& his hands go in. -from "Blind Huber"

Blindness does not deter François Huber-the eighteenth-century beekeeper-in his quest to learn about bees through their behavior. Through an odd, but productive arrangement, Huber's assistant Burnens becomes his eyes, his narrator as he goes about his work. In Nick Flynn's extraordinary new collection, Huber and Burnens speak and so do the bees. The strongest virgin waits silently to kill the other virgins; drones are "made of waiting"; the swarm attempts to protect the queen. It is a cruelexistence. Everyone sacrifices for the sweet honey, except the human hand that harvests it all in a single afternoon.

Blind Huber is about the body, love, and devotion and also about the limits of what can be known and what will forever be unknown. Nick Flynn's bees and keepers-sometimes in a state of magnificent pollen-drunk dizziness-view the world from a striking and daring perspective.

Publisher: Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781555973735
Branch Call Number: 811.54 F6796B 2002
Characteristics: 89 pages ; 18 cm


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Feb 27, 2016

Blind Huber is a short collection of poems about bees. This book is completely different from anything I've ever read by Flynn, I could say it feels calmer, almost quiet. It's as if Flynn has finally found a safe zone where he could allow his mind to wander, which is kind of ironic considering the content is about living as bees do.

Being born and bred for a single purpose. Almost never leaving hive except when some greater force smashes it open to eat you. Maybe even dying in a comb and being covered in the sweet nectar you so bravely defend, forever to hang suspended, preserved. The food for you and your millions of sisters, brothers, Queen.

I really enjoyed this collection, as I have everything I've read by Flynn, despite the insane negative feedback this book received online. Sometimes the users should just loosen up and enjoy the words instead of looking for a meaning that's not between them.


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