Saturday, July 22, 2017

Poems in their kind

Russula parvovirescens
Oct. 10, 1858. The simplest and most lumpish fungus has a peculiar interest for us, compared with a mere mass of earth, because it is so obviously organic and related to ourselves, however remote. It is the expression of an idea, growth according to a law, matter not dormant, not raw, but inspired, appropriated by spirit. If I take up a handful of earth, however separately interesting the particles may be, their relation to one another appears to be that of mere juxtaposition generally. I might have thrown them together thus. But the humblest fungus betrays a life akin to my own. It is a successful poem in its kind. There is suggested something superior to any particle of matter in the idea or mind which uses and arranges the particles.

— Henry David Thoreau, Journal
Mycena leaiana or Galerina marginata?
Artomyces pyxidatus?
Cortinarius iodes?
Possibly Amanita amerirubescens
Lycoperdon perlatum
Humidicutis marginata

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