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“There is no writer with an imagination as forceful and delicate as Ursula K. Le Guin's.” —Grace Paley
Late in the Day, Ursula K. Le Guin’s new collection of poems (2010–2014) seeks meaning in an ever-connected world. In part evocative of Neruda’s Odes to Common Things and Mary Oliver’s poetic guides to the natural world, Le Guin’s latest give voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless through and about the seasonal rhythms of the earth, the minute and the vast, the ordinary and the mythological. As Le Guin herself states, “science explicates, poetry implicates.” Accordingly, this immersive, tender collection implicates us (in the best sense) in a subjectivity of everyday objects and occurrences. Deceptively simple in form, the poems stand as an invitation both to dive deep and to step outside of ourselves and our common narratives. The poems are bookended with two short essays, “Deep in Admiration” and “Some Thoughts on Form, Free Form, Free Verse.”
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February 06, 2017
Ursula Le Guin has written some phenomenal books over the years. Whether it is fantasy or science fiction, she always masters the genre. She’s a prolific novelist, and very much deserves her popularity. And here she has delved into the world of poetry. To say I was excited about this book is to e...
April 18, 2017
I was definitely curious about poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of my favorite speculative fiction writers. I can see her love of nature, particularly the landscape of the northwest, in her poems, but I see very few traces of the ingredients I love so much about her in other arenas - h...
December 29, 2015
I'm stunned by this book. I wanted to read it slowly, as anything by UKL demands, and in fact I read most of the poems twice before moving on. But nevertheless, I still finished it in record time. I just couldn't stop reading.
These poems are beautiful and atmospheric. LeGuin's firm yet gentle st...
April 01, 2016
Beautiful! Moves me the way Mary Oliver moves me, by being deeply attentive to the beauty of ordinary things.
Come with me my sorrow
come away with me
Where the road grows narrow
westward to the sea
where the waters darken
slow as evening falls
where no winds waken
and no voice calls
January 24, 2018
Poetry that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Really great stuff.
January 02, 2016
Oh, this was delightful! On top of the very enjoyable poems, some of which I really loved, LeGuin adds two essays at the back, including a lovely one on expression of form in poetry. Terrific volume!
September 18, 2017
December 20, 2016
from the forward ("Deep in Admiration"): "Science describes accurately from outside, poetry describes accurately from inside. Science explicates, poetry implicates. Both celebrate what they describe. We need the languages of both science and poetry to save us from merely stockpilin...
September 07, 2016
I ordered this book mostly to check out PM Press for a friend's poetry. The book design is quite beautiful, and I will be helping my friend to submit to this press. The poetry of Ursula Le Guin, while not always technically stunning, really had something to say. She's a better storyteller than a...
January 11, 2016
I got this book from the public library and read it in one sitting. Now I plan to buy a copy so I can read it all year long - Ursula K Le Guin perfectly captures Oregon in lyrical prose that I felt should be set to music and sung. I loved her diverse use of form. Some of my favorite poems were Co...