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Finding My Elegy: New and Selected Poems: 1960-2010

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Publisher Comments:

One of the world's most honored authors of imaginative fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin is also the author of six acclaimed volumes of poetry.  Finding My Elegy distills her life's work, offering a selection of some of her best early poems, and introduces a gorgeous, moving group of new poems written over the last four years. The fruit of over a half century of writing, the seventy selected and seventy-seven new poems consider war and creativity, motherhood and the natural world, and glint with humor and vivid beauty. These  moving works of art and memory are a reckoning with a whole life.

The Arts of Old Age

written in the airport

I learn the arts of old age day by day,

the expertise of being lame; the sense

of unimpatient impotence;

the irony of all accomplishments;

the silent, furtive welcome of delay.

Review:

"There is no writer with an imagination as forceful and delicate as Le Guin's." Grace Paley

Review:

"She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is." Margaret Atwood

Review:

"Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

From a celebrated writer, a new and selected volume of poetry that spans fifty years of work. It includes some of the best of her earlier verse along with a rich series of new poems that she has been writing for the last four years.

Synopsis:

Though internationally known and honored for her imaginative fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin started out as a poet, and since 1959 has never ceased to publish poems. Finding My Elegy distills her life's work, offering a selection of the best from her six earlier volumes of poetry and introducing a powerful group of poems, at once earthy and transcendent, written in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The fruit of over a half century of writing, the seventy selected and seventy-seven new poems consider war and creativity, motherhood and the natural world, and glint with humor and vivid beauty. These moving works of art are a reckoning with a whole life.

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Wild Fortune: Selected Poems, 1960-2005

From Wild Angels (1960-1975) 15

          Offering 15

          A Lament for Rheged 16

          There 19

          Ars Lunga 21

          Song 22

          Tao Song 23

From Hard Words (1975-1980) 24

          Invocation 24

          The Mind Is Still 25

          The Marrow 26

          The Writer to the Dancer 27

From The Dancing at Tillai 28

          Middle 28

          At Three Rivers, April 80 29

          Slick Rock Creek, September 30

          Winter Downs 31

          Peak 32

          The Child on the Shore 34

          Tui 35

From Wild Oats and Fireweed (1980-1987) 36

          Wild Oats and Fireweed 36

From In the Red Zone: Mount St. Helens, October 1981 39

          To Walk In Here 39

          While the Old Men Make Ready to Kill 41

          For the New House 43

          The Maenads 44

          Inventory 45

          A Meditation on a Marriage 47

From Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences (1987) 49

          The Crown of Laurel 49

From Going Out with Peacocks (1988-1994) 53

          The Pacific Slope 53

          Riding the “Coast Starlight” 54

          Sleeping with Cats 55

          Waking: Two Poems 56

          The Vigil for Ben Linder 57

          The Queen of Spain, Grown Old and Mad, Writes to the Daughter She Imagines She Had by Christopher Columbus 60

          Song for a Daughter 62

          The Hard Dancing 64

From No Boats (chapbook, 1991) 65

          From “McKenzie Voices” 65

          At Cannon Beach 66

From Blue Moon Over Thurman Street (1993) 67

          The Aching Air 67

From Sixty Odd (1994-1999) 70

          Read at the Award Dinner, May 1996 70

          Hexagram 45 71

          When there arent any 72

          Rodmell 74

          For Gabriela Mistral 75

          Hexagram 49 77

          Infinitive 78

          “The scarcity of rhinos” on the television 79

          Field Burning Debated, Salmon Fate Discussed 81

          Morning Service 82

          Late Dusk 83

          A Blue Moon: June 30 84

          Repulse Monkey 85

          “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” 86

From Incredible Good Fortune (2000-2006) 87

          Incredible Good Fortune 87

          April in San Jose 88

          Mount Rainier from Amtrak 90

          The Cactus Wren 91

From A Book of Songs 92

          The Old Lady 92

          The Forsaken Shepherdess 93

From Notes from a Cruise 94

          Antigua: The Silence of the Mountain 94

          Pelicans 95

          Talk Shows 96

          Here, There, at the Marsh 97

          American Wars 98

          The Lost Explorer 99

          Ille 100

          Invocation 101

          Dance Song 102

          English 103

          Taking Courage 104

          A Request 105

          For Naomi 106

          Learning Latin in Old Age 107

          Futurology 108

Life Sciences: New Poems, 2006-2011

I. Socioesthetics 111

          Distance 111

          Pretty Things 112

          In England in the Fifties 113

          The City of the Plain 114

          Watching the Fractal Set 115

          The Mistake 116

          The Next War 117

          The Crest 118

          Soldiers 119

          The Curse of the Prophetess 122

          Every Land 124

          The Elders at the Falls 125

          An Old Yurok Basket 127

          Almost and Always 128

          Lieder Singer 129

          Writers 130

          After the Fire 131

          Lorcas Duende 132

          Meters 133

          Exegi monumentum aere perennius 135

          She Remembers the Famous Poets 136

II. Botany and Zoology 137

          Two Crow Poems 137

          Learning the Name 138

          The Greater Forest 139

          Red Alders in March 140

          Pinus Sabiniana 141

          Creation of the Horse 143

          The Clydesdale Mare 144

          I think of them 145

          Grace 146

          Raksha 147

          At the Clackamas County Fair 150

          Extinction 151

III. Meteorology and Geography 152

          Mendenhall Glacier 152

          A Measure of Desolation 153

          Coast Range Highway, November 154

          Seasonal Quatrains 156

          Morning in Joseph, Oregon 157

          Hour of the Changes 158

          Summer Morning on the Volcano 159

          For My Traveling Companion 160

          Up the Columbia 161

          Navna: The River-running, by Intrumo of Sinshan 162

          At Kishamish 163

IV. Developmental Ontology 168

          At the Center 168

          Early Memory: Jocken 169

          The Merchant of Words 170

          Stammersong 172

          GPS 173

          The House Is Soft 174

          Seven Lines to Elisabeth 175

          Final Destination 176

          Ghazal at the Oasis of Mara 177

          Travel 178

          Pillowtalk 179

          Low Barometer 180

          My Birthday Present 181

          The Arts of Old Age 182

          Sometimes it seems 183

          The Body of the World 184

          When They Came 185

          Hindsight 186

          Body of Water 187

          Aubade 188

          Votum 189

V. Philosophy and Theology 190

          Finding My Elegy 190

          The Whirlwind 193

          Intimations 194

          Some Mornings 195

          In the Borderlands 196

          Jewel and Gravel 197

          Science 199

          Tout rêve . . . 200

          Morning Star 201

          Uncaged 202

          A God I Know 203

          January Night Prayer 204

          The Conference 205

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547858203
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Review" by , "There is no writer with an imagination as forceful and delicate as Le Guin's."
"Review" by , "She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is."
"Review" by , "Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own."
"Synopsis" by , From a celebrated writer, a new and selected volume of poetry that spans fifty years of work. It includes some of the best of her earlier verse along with a rich series of new poems that she has been writing for the last four years.
"Synopsis" by , Though internationally known and honored for her imaginative fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin started out as a poet, and since 1959 has never ceased to publish poems. Finding My Elegy distills her life's work, offering a selection of the best from her six earlier volumes of poetry and introducing a powerful group of poems, at once earthy and transcendent, written in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The fruit of over a half century of writing, the seventy selected and seventy-seven new poems consider war and creativity, motherhood and the natural world, and glint with humor and vivid beauty. These moving works of art are a reckoning with a whole life.

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