Steuben Glass, A Division of Corning Glass Works, manufacturer 1958–2011; Bruce Moore, designer
9 7/8 x 8 3/4 x 2 1/8 inches
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. E.V. Yingling
Not Currently on Display
About the Artwork
In 1961 the Steuben Glass Company enlisted the cooperation of The Poetry Society of America in the creation of unique crystal designs. They named the project Poetry in Crystal. The Poetry Society invited thirty-one poets to submit new, hitherto-unpublished poems to the Steuben Company. The only restrictions were that the poems were not to be about glass or crystal; they had to be no fewer than eight nor more than forty lines in length. Copies of the completed poems, minus the poets’ names, were given to Steuben glass designers and artists to review. Either the glass designer or the artist selected a poem for interpretation. Either one could take the initiative and call the other in for collaboration in the development of a crystal design to visualize the chosen poem.
George Thompson designed the glass form and Bruce Moore created the engraving design for The Dragon Fly. It was inspired by a poem written by Louise Bogan.
You are made of almost nothing
But of enough
To be great eyes
And diaphanous double vans:
To be ceaseless movement,
Link between water and air,
Earth repels you.
Light touches you only to shift into iridescence
Upon your body and wings.
You split into the heat.
Swift beyond calculation or capture
You dart into the shadow
Which consumes you.
You rocket into the day.
But at last, when the wind flattens the grasses,
For you, the design and purpose stop.
And you fall
With the other husks of summer.