The heroic poem recounts the epic battles between a beleaguered boy and a fearless fly. Ferding and the Fly combines the wordplay of Dr. Seuss, the satire of Gulliver's Travels, and bugs. See what mayhem ensues when the picnickers of Land clash with the insects of Landfill Island.
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Unearthed in the bowels of an ancient garbage dump, the manuscript of Ferding and the Fly is of mysterious origin. The epic poem recounts a boy's quest to swat a mischievous muscid. Heroism and villainy abound in this fantastical saga of philosophizing insects, gluttonous picnickers, and beautiful trash.
Since its discovery, the verse has been scrutinized by linguists, anthropologists, and entomological ontologists, none of whom know when, where, or why it was written. Understanding eludes our grasp, much like the fly itself. Gladly, the search has only begun. Scraps of poetry composed by insects and other diminutives continue to be transcribed from coffee grounds, tea leaves, and shooting stars.
To submit new archaeological evidence or illuminate a fresh hermeneutic point of departure, please contact the Ferding and the Fly Foundation. Join our team in unlocking the secrets of what has been called the “Green Candide” (The Panglossian Report) and “Beowulf with bugs” (New Saxon Times). Copies may be obtained here.
—Professor K. Swift
Founder of Ferding and the Fly Foundation Chair and Sole Member of the Ontological Entomology Department