I think how fine my mother was.Her doings and her things were lovable.Her turquoise bracelets, her violetdinner dress with a jeweled waist.The way when she was undressingshe'd go around with her nylons unhitched.I think of all this now with tendernessand comfort in the recollection.Oh I was so angry at her when she diedfor dying, but at last that's goneand she comes to me again with silverand turquoise on her wristsin the sunlight.
Copyright © 2018 by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was a celebrated and beloved author of 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 children’s books, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. The breadth and imagination of her work earned her six Nebulas, seven Hugos, and SFWA’s Grand Master, along with the PEN/Malamud and many other awards. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2016 joined the short list of authors to be published in their lifetimes by the Library of America.
Legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin was lauded by millions for her groundbreaking science fiction novels, but she began as a poet. Le Guin wrote across genres for her entire career, and poetry was a cardinal mode of expression—offering a path for readers to discover her voice at close, intimate range. 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, So Far So Good lovingly plays tribute to the memories, friendships, and timeless questions that comprised a spectacular and generous life. With profound wisdom and tenacious levity, here a true literary hero bookends a long, daring, and prolific career.
"Le Guin writes as well as any non-'genre' writer alive."
"She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is."