"Chew your way into a new world.
Munch leaves. Molt. Rest. Molt
again. Self-reinvention is everything.
Spin many nest. Cultivate stinging
bristles. Don't get sentimental
about your discarede skins. Grow
quickly. Develop a yen for nettles.
Alternate crumpling and climbing. Rely
on your antennae. Sequester poisons
in your body for use at a later date.
When threatened, emit foul odors
in self-defense. Behave cryptically
to confuse predators: change colors, spit,
or feign death. If all else fails, tadte terrible."
- Amy Gerstler from Dearest Creature, New York, Penguin Books: 2009.
Katsuma Ryosui - Tresors des montagnes, 1765, Musee Guimet, Paris.