First look: a poem from Wild Angels
Dear Backer of Ursula K. Le Guin: A Poet’s Legacy,
We are thrilled at our progress towards the stretch goal of $65k by June 28th! This will allow us to move both So Far So Good and Wild Angels, Le Guin's first poetry chapbook, into production after the campaign closes—and all backers at $25 and above will be entitled to both books. To get us excited about reaching that next goal, we have a treasure to share with you today:
A First Glimpse & Listen into Wild Angels
The poem “Ars Lunga,” originally published in Wild Angels in 1975, opens with humor—“I sit here perpetually inventing new people / as if the population boom were not enough”—a novelist’s lament that looks, at first glance, like self-deprecation, but turns instead into an existential riddle. It’s a genius move, and opens the poem up into the searching, introspective territory that Le Guin’s poetry explored across the arc of her long career.
The full text of “Ars Lunga” is below. You can listen to Ursula K. Le Guin read “Ars Lunga” in the archival audio on her website by clicking here.
To make sure we reach the stretch goal, please take a moment to share the campaign link with a friend and let them know this crucial detail (feel free to cut and paste the following language, if it's helpful):
The only way for readers to reserve a copy of Wild Angels, which is now out of print, is to become a backer of our Ursula K. Le Guin: Poet’s Legacy campaign by June 28th. The chapbook will not be for sale outside fo the campaign! https://kck.st/2JY4qqW
With gratitude for you and the “Old sky, old dirt, new grass,”
The Team at Copper Canyon Press