I HAVE TO IF I WANT TO KEEP UP WITH MY FUGITIVE STAG
Nietzsche’s poem ‘Writing with One’s Feet’ in The Gay Science (Fröhliche Wissenschaft):
Not with my hand alone I write:
My foot wants to participate.
Firm and free and bold, my feet
Run across the field – and sheet.
In his long narrative, “Milton”, Blake describes how the author of “Paradise Lost” returned from heaven and entered Blake’s foot in the form of a comet. Afterwards, the familiar world of the five senses turned into a shoe. Blake tied the shoe and walked with the Spirit of Poetry to the City of Art.
Milton actually entered Blake’s left tarsus bone!
But Milton entering my foot I saw in the nether/ Regions of the
Imagination also all men on Earth,/ And all in Heaven, saw in the nether regions of the Imagination.”