Darwin's Butterfly single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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Notes

  • Epigraph:

    How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way,

    Is an immense world of delight, clos’d by your senses five?

    William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

  • Author's note:

    The story goes that the esteemed scientist, Charles Darwin could not stand the butterfly. For by its vivid beauty, by its brilliant raiment and languid flight—in short, by its very existence—this small and subtle creature threatened the bedrock of his life’s work. Such is the nature of the small and beautiful, to slip past the snares of the mind and reveal the moment as it truly is—as a gift, as intervention.

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  • Appears in:
    y Scintillae 2012 Ian Irvine (editor), Tru S. Dowling (editor), Tom McWilliam (editor), Peter Wiseman (editor), Bendigo : Bendigo Institute of TAFE , 2012 10178624 2012 anthology poetry short story prose criticism

    Includes short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, and academic non-fiction.

    Bendigo : Bendigo Institute of TAFE , 2012
    pg. 111-119
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