Poetry Friday: In Memory of Ursula LeGuin


Thanks to Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink for hosting Poetry Friday today.

I was fortunate to read several Ursala Le Guin books throughout my career; THE LEFTHAND OF DARKNESS, THE EARTHSEA WIZARD, and CATWINGS (an elementary school favorite with my students).  I’m not a fan of fantasy or sci-fi but I enjoyed those books (this is really odd because as a young teen I loved THE HOBBIT and LOTR).

In 2012, my husband and I had the opportunity to hear Ursula LeGuin read from her new anthology, FINDING MY ELEGY.

FME ULHer poems can be used as mentor poems.  And while it’s been a while since I’ve  read the collection, it was my bookcase I went to upon hearing about her passing.

Inside was this, given to each guest at the reading,

poem ul

So today, to remember her and her body of work, I used this poem as a found fib poem.



Hour of Change
full of flooding wind
storming branches, the rain advances
a thud of thunder going down?
sound of the untime

©jone rush macculloch

RIP,  Ursula LeGuin, you’ll be missed.

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14 Responses to Poetry Friday: In Memory of Ursula LeGuin

  1. Serendipity met you on your bookshelf, what a treasure to find her poem there! I like the fib you created out of her poem–a tribute poem to Ursula Le Guin and meaningful to you, thanks!

  2. What a beautiful tribute. I love what you did with turning to her poetry and creating something new from it.

  3. Such a touching remembrance – the poem handed out only a few years ago, and your poetic response to it. Many thanks for sharing, Jone.

  4. Diane Mayr says:

    Daphne? That’s a word and not just a girl’s name? Where’s my dictionary? Thanks for sharing Le Guin’s poem and your response! Thanks also, for the reminder about Catwings. I’d forgotten about that tiny little illustrated book.

  5. Tara Smith says:

    I join everyone else in saying how much I loved what you did with LeGuin’s poem, how honored it and drew out its essence. Thank you.

  6. Such a fitting tribute, Jone, in the hour of her change from here to gone.

  7. maryleehahn says:

    Love the way you did such a gentle and creative “blackout.”

  8. margaretsmn says:

    I love how you honored Ursula by finding a poem in her poem. I am reading this on a stormy morning, thinking of lifting a line to write.

  9. Myra GB says:

    The GatheringBooks ladies are also devastated by LeGuin’s loss – Iphigene just posted a tribute to her today. Sigh. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I was just listening to Ursula LeGuin’s speech and now I am here once again thinking about her. You found poem is wonderful mathematical and literacy sequence of thought.

  11. Jone, that is a remarkable tribute. Thank you. I love what you did with the poem text. I don’t this author. But, the number of people touched by her passing makes me know I need to find some more of her work. Your post is my first step.

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