Incredible Good Fortune: New Poems

Incredible Good Fortune: New Poems

by Ursula K. Le Guin
     
 

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These warm, funny, and eloquent poems, spanning the years 2000 to 2005, by the celebrated author of Always Coming Home and The Language of the Night, showcase Le Guin’s many facets as a writer.

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These warm, funny, and eloquent poems, spanning the years 2000 to 2005, by the celebrated author of Always Coming Home and The Language of the Night, showcase Le Guin’s many facets as a writer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One of the world's most honored authors of science fiction (The Left Hand of Darkness, etc.) and young adult fantasy (the Earthsea trilogy), Le Guin has also maintained a serious, if less often recognized, career as a poet. This sixth gathering of poems comprises compact and often songlike work, adroit in both Western (rhyming quatrains; couplets) and non-Western (meditation and praise song) modes. Much of Le Guin's work takes cues from landscape, especially that of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives; a set of stanzaic poems about a Caribbean cruise brings out both attractive descriptions and political ironies. Le Guin also considers advancing age: a few poems address her 70th birthday, and many others consider the regrets and resolution. Le Guin's young adult fiction draws on folktale and myth, and her poetry takes advantage of similar sources, from the Philomela story to Red Riding Hood; her most admired science fiction has political overtones, and she ventures into politics here with epigrams and strong stanzas against the Iraq war. (Mar. 14) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Some prose writers use poetry as a release, a shorthand medium for "journaling" or diary-keeping, and this is the sort of poem one finds in this long collection, the sixth book of poetry by well-known sf and fantasy writer Le Guin. Fans of her novels and stories will find the real person here: among friends and family, on a cruise, touring through the California desert, attending a peace march. Short and sweet, these verses-many in rhymed tetrameter or trimeter-are simple and honest, if not particularly compelling. But occasionally they find a true and unique fit: "I love my native language/ the lovely viola/ the great advantage." Written over a period of five years, they move from a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes to realistic lyrics detailing the interior landscape of growing older. This collection will appeal to readers who seek accessible, autobiographical poetry by a writer whose work they admire.-E.M. Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine LLP Law Lib., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Le Guin's down-to-earth, intensely personal voice is unmistakable."—Los Angeles Times

“Short and sweet, these verses are simple and honest.”—Library Journal

 “This sixth gathering of poems comprises compact and often songlike work, adroit in both Western and non-Western modes.”—Publishers Weekly

“These poems are musical; in turns fierce, playful, sunlit, dark; always in her own clear voice. She writes powerfully of love, aging, and illness, and her strong social vision never wavers.”—Naomi Replansky

“Here is a book to lift the spirits of all ages of readers—give it to your favorite teenager as well as your wisest elder. It is rich, resonant, and simply wonderful.”—Naomi Shihab Nye

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590303146
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/14/2006
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.07(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin is the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Gandalf, Kafka, and National Book Awards. She is the author of many short stories and more than fifteen novels, including The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. She is also an honored author of children's books, poetry, and criticism.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1929
Place of Birth:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952
Website:
http://www.ursulakleguin.com

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