Friday, December 09, 2005

Friday Nudibranch Blogging

If "compression is the first grace of style,"
Nembrotha lineolata has it. Contractility is a virtue
as modesty is a virtue.
It is not the acquisition of any one thing
that is able to adorn,
or the incidental quality that occurs
as a concomitant of something well said,
that we value in style,
but the principle that is hid:
in the absence of feet, “a method of conclusions”;
“a knowledge of principles”,
in the curious phenomenon of your occipital horn.

--Marianne Moore, very slightly adapted for the occasion by yours truly


scout prime said...


watertiger said...

It looks like it's smiling!

chicago dyke said...

i'm sure you've already been asked this, but why nudibranches? they are very cool looking, what's your connection?

Phila said...


No connection, really. I just like them. I studied marine biology in college, and was captivated by them, and when I "needed" an animal to blog it seemed like the logical choice.

four legs good said...

It looks like a noble steed!!


medaka said...

phila, i look forward to your descriptions of these mighty beasts at least as much as i do to the photos....thanks!

isabelita said...

What a lovely elegant beasty. Your choice of accompanying verse is perfect.