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Poetry of Ursula K. Le Guin

Posted by Gena Goodman-Campbell at Sep 04, 2012 01:50 PM |
A poem by Ursula K Le Guin, who will read selected works at ONDA's Desert Conference on September 21.

From the book: Out Here: Poems and Images from Steens Mountain Country

Out Here

High Desert

Out here, there is another way to be.

There is a rising brightness in the rock,

a singing in the silence of the tree.

Something is always moving, running free,

as quick and still as quail move in a flock.

The hills out here know a hard way to be.

I have to listen for it patiently:

a drumming canter slowing to a walk,

a flutter in the silence of a tree.

The owl’s call from the rimrock changes key.

What door will open to the flicker’s knock?

Out here there is another way to be,

described by the high circles of a hawk

above what hides in silence in the tree.

The cottonwoods in their simplicity

talk softly on, as hidden waters talk,

an almost silent singing in the tree

that says, here is another way to be.

— Ursula K. Le Guin


To hear Ursula K. Le Guin read more of her work, join us at Desert Conference on Friday, September 21!  For more information and to register, please visit our Desert Conference page.

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