In So Far So Good, the last poems written by Ursula K. Le Guin have been gathered into a spare yet powerful collection. These poems reflect the process of making sense of a life as it comes to an end, and are filled with thoughts on old age, nature, and family. A moving farewell to a literary legend. Recommended By Leah C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin was lauded by millions for her groundbreaking 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 mortality, 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...
“There is no writer with an imagination as forceful and delicate as Le Guin’s.” Grace Paley
“She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is.” Margaret Atwood
“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
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of over 60 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.