Poetry. From the ancient to the contemporary, the personal to the literary, THE FLYING HOUSE is an investigation of the "relic" in the largest sense of the term. Written on-site in the Middle East and Europe, the poems inhabit a space at once contemporary and historical, in which current conflicts recall old wars and archeological artifacts rhyme with cutting-edge fashions. Part travelogue, part cultural compendium, the poems move through a poetic space in which the influence of Robert Duncan and Gustaf Sobin are as apparent as the influences of Alice Notley, Joanne Kyger, and Susan Howe. Informed by literary and cultural theory as well as humanist traditions, Baude explores the gap between the empirical and the emotional sometimes with dread, but more often with joy.