|About the Book|
I find a great affinity for Ursula K. LeGuin, one that I feel even stronger when I read her poetry. I love her novels, but it is her poems that reveal more about her past, her life, her feelings. We were born within 30 miles of one another, although in different decades, and she now lives an hour from where I grew up. Her stomping grounds are mine. Her poems describe places I have been and loved, from Cannon Beach to the Coastal Starlight (a trip I was supposed to take) - I felt like some of her memories are mine. A strange experience when reading poetry. Im more accustomed to understanding an emotion if not the subject, but that experience is reversed for me.One of her older poems, For the New Home stuck out to me, for it serves as a very wise blessing. The last line is And may you be in this house as the music is in the instrument.In her last set of poems, she takes the opposite approach and curses men involved in war in a very memorable poem, The Curse of the Prophetess. It reads like an actual, witchy incantation, with power behind the words.In between the blessings and the curses are poems about relationships, nature, and aging. I enjoyed them!