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... only in dying life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky.

I feel strangely gutted that Ursula Le Guin has died.  Strange how deeply the death of a writer you have never met can touch you.  I always thought of writing to her to say I'd enjoyed her thin book of poetry Walking In Cornwall because although I'm sure she got a lot of fan letters, I don't suppose she got many about an obscure book of poetry from the 1970s, but for one reason or another I never did.

Alas. 

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timetiger
24th Jan, 2018 00:35 (UTC)
What a beautiful quotation!
bunn
25th Jan, 2018 09:01 (UTC)
They are all very lovely poems, though there are not really enough of them to make even a slim volume (it was print-on-demand and padded with local art) they were still worth buying.
alitheapipkin
24th Jan, 2018 11:17 (UTC)
I'm sad too, even though I only discovered her books as an adult and am still very poorly read from her back catalogue.
bunn
25th Jan, 2018 09:05 (UTC)
It's interesting how people relate strongly to her different books. For me, Earthsea is probably the big thing, that and Left Hand of Darkness. I mean, the others are also great books, but those are the ones that I can think of phrases and images for without even thinking...
alitheapipkin
25th Jan, 2018 12:17 (UTC)
I haven't actually read Left Hand yet, only The Dispossessed and the Earthsea books (and not all of those I discover now - I've got a compendium volume of the first four).

I do have a copy of The Birthday of the World and other stories buried in the spare room somewhere though, I must extricate it and actually read it!
topum
24th Jan, 2018 12:09 (UTC)
Why not to right it anyway then? You never know who will end up reading it and how appreciated or important it might still turn out to be. I know people who would even go as far as saying that she would get to read herself it as well. Maybe still being mad and raging that she never got a fan letter about that obscure poetry book is that one thing that prevents her from getting into heaven's highest realms? )
bunn
25th Jan, 2018 08:58 (UTC)
I think I might try doing something like a reading of one of the poems instead.
scripsi
24th Jan, 2018 13:40 (UTC)
Yes, I have felt unsorted all day.
bunn
25th Jan, 2018 09:05 (UTC)
:-(
pixel39
24th Jan, 2018 14:49 (UTC)
Me too. She was the first author whose words truly made magic for me, and there is an empty place in my soul now.
bunn
25th Jan, 2018 09:06 (UTC)
Earthsea and Lord of the Rings together, for me, and I can't remember which I read first.
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