Ursula K. Le Guin was best known for her groundbreaking, visionary, best-selling science fiction and fantasy novels, but throughout her life, she wrote, read, and believed in the power of poetry. In this, her last collection, Le Guin is unflinching in the face of mortality, and full of wonder for the mysteries beyond. “These poems are candid in the extreme, casual in the faces of death, funny, glum, reverent, irreverent, certain, uncertain, but never trivial, never an afterthought, never the product of anything other than rigor and discipline and delight in what’s left of the world.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Le Guin's farewell poetry collection, contains all that created her reputation for fiction--sharp insight, restless imagination, humor that is both mordant and humane, and, above all else, that connection to all creation, that 'immense what is'."--New York Journal of Books
"It's hard to think of another living author who has written so well for so long in so many styles as Ursula K. Le Guin." --Salon
"She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is." --Margaret Atwood
"There is no writer with an imagination as forceful and delicate as Le Guin's." --Grace Paley
Legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin was lauded by millions for her ground- breaking science fiction novels, but she began as a poet, and wrote across genres for her entire career. In this clarifying and sublime collection--completed shortly before her death in 2018--Le Guin is unflinching in the face of mor- tality, and full of wonder for the mysteries beyond. Redolent of the lush natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, with rich sounds playfully echoing myth and nursery rhyme, Le Guin bookends a long, daring, and prolific career.
From "How it Seems to Me"
In the vast abyss before time, self is not, and soul commingles
with mist, and rock, and light. In time, soul brings the misty self to be.
Then slow time hardens self to stone while ever lightening the soul,
till soul can loose its hold of self . . .
Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of over sixty novels, short fiction works, translations, and volumes of poetry, including the acclaimed novels The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Her books continue to sell millions of copies worldwide. Le Guin died in 2018 in her home in Portland, Oregon.