Fireflies, or brief poems, originated in China and Japan and were often written on pieces of silk. Fireflies is a collection of proverbs, aphorisms and maxims. Each firefly, rarely more than a sentence long, represents a luminous thought on love, life, beauty or God. Each page of this book contains a decorative design by Boris Artzybasheff with the short two to three line maxim of Tagore's beneath. Each page is a work of art printed in two colors.
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