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"The Lesson of the Moth" - Don Marquis

Fire is beautiful
and we know that if we get
too close it will kill us
but what does that matter
it is better to be happy
for a moment
and burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while.


Printmaker Turns Moths Into Objects of Beauty
New York Times (free registration required)
by Dinitia Smith

ALFRED, N.Y. "Here's a geometrid flying in," Joseph Scheer said. "He's trying to make up his mind."



In a dark field in Allegany County close to 12 on a summer night, the little geometrid moth arrived, its delicate wings a mottled gray and white. The moth was fluttering inexorably toward a white sheet illuminated by a mercury vapor lamp. After the geometrid came a tiger moth. "Very active, really beautiful," Mr. Scheer said. Then a plume moth. "An amazing moth," he observed. "When it opens up, it looks like it has five wings." [continued]

Wave Hill Arts - Joseph Scheer
Alfred University: Moths of Allegany County

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