"The Wild Mushroom" was included in Mr. Snyder's 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of poetry, Turtle Island, and we believe it reflects both his Buddhist spirituality and his love of nature.
In an essay published in A Controversy of Poets, an anthology of contemporary American poetry, Mr. Snyder offered this commentary on his art:
As a poet, I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic: the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth; the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe. I try to hold both history and wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.
I'm convinced that we mushroomers embrace Gary Snyder's values and hold them as truths in our own lives. Wouldn't you agree?