Quote: Jacques Dulieu

On the discovery of an unusual and disquieting botany…

“It is from these very notions that its plants, mysteriously alienated from the events of growth and decay, which struggle for the dominion of the biosphere, appear to draw their vital juices, and thereby emerge perennially immune, outside the sphere of normal perceptions and the links and associations of the memory, in a fashion quite ‘other’, ambiguous, perverse, and beyond our ken.  We are unable to grasp it because of the long-consecrated notion of reality which clings so obstinately like a twining perhaps poisonous ivy, to our logic.”

-Jacques Dulieu, Un autre jardin (Éditions La Nuit, Paris, 1973)

(fictional scientist quoted in Leo Lionni’s Parallel Botany)