Incredible Good Fortune

Incredible Good Fortune

by Ursula K. Le Guin


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Incredible Good Fortune is Ursula K. Le Guin's sixth collection of poems, spanning the years 2000 to 2005. These poems by the celebrated author of Always Coming Home and The Language of the Night showcase Le Guin's many facets as a writer. Passionate, humanitarian, and sensuously aware of the world's vitality, Le Guin's work can also be melancholy, playful, and dreamlike. Full of insight, humor, and wisdom, this collection includes close observations of day-to-day life, reflections on childhood and growing older, and explorations of myth and fable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590304228
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 02/13/2007
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.25(d)

About 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.


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1929

Place of Birth:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader     ix
A Book of Songs     1
The Old Lady     3
The Housewife     4
The Girl at the Gate of Fairyland     5
The Shiksa     6
The Drowned Girl     7
The Forsaken Shepherdess     8
The Mute     9
The Lorelei to Heinrich Heine     10
The Woman in the Attic     11
Anonyma     12
The Little Girl     13
The Woman in the Basement     14
Season and Place     15
Incredible Good Fortune     17
San Jose Palms     18
November Birds     19
Winter Days     21
Quatrains     22
An Afternoon in England in Winter     25
Waking in April     26
The Non-Cartesian in June     27
Nine Lines, August 9     28
Mount Rainier from Amtrak     29
Another Weather: Mount St Helens     30
In Harney County     31
The Cactus Wren     38
Notes from a Cruise     39
Les Iles Sous le Vent     41
Aruba     42
The Coup de Grace     43
Deck One Infirmary Blues     44
Sorceries of San Blas     45
Antigua: The Silence of the Mountain     47
24 Knots at Night     48
Pelicans     49
Passengers     50
Nobody     51
Baja     52
The News     53
124[Degree] 30[prime] West     54
Mementoes     55
Histories     57
Buz     59
Love Songs in Late May     60
Passing the Clinic     64
At the Feast in the Great Hall     65
The Finding     66
The Lost Explorer     67
Magellanica     68
Peace Vigil, March, 2003     69
Talk Shows     70
For Karen     71
Here, There, at the Marsh     72
American Wars     73
3/3/03     74
An American Etymology     75
April in San Jose     76
Silence and Speech     77
Invocation     79
English     80
Dance Song     81
Two Poems for Judith     82
A Lament for My Poultry     85
Seventy      86
Taking Courage     87
A Request     88
Ille     89
For Naomi     90
Learning Latin in Old Age     91
Futurology     92
Index of First Lines     93

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