48 hours, and talk of dragons!
“Dragons are one of the truths about us. We have no other way of expressing that particular truth about us. Those who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin
Dear Backers of Ursula K. Le Guin: A Poet’s Legacy,
We want to talk about dragons today. But first, a call-to-action.
With 48 hours left, we are $9,000 away from our stretch goal of $65,000. This is within reach! If each of you increases your pledge by $10—or if you get a friend to join the fun—we will make it there by our deadline of Thursday, June 28th at 5pm Pacific Time. This will support our publication of both So Far So Good, and the limited edition, Kickstarter-only reprint of Wild Angels: Le Guin’s final and first poetry collections, side by side.
And now, to preemptively celebrate our success: a dragon poem! This is “Merlin,” from the first section of So Far So Good entitled, “Observations.”
Ursula K. Le Guin wrote about dragons throughout her career, across genres.
The brilliant Le Guin quote at the top of this message appears in her essay, “The Question I Get Asked Most Often,” published in The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination (Shambhala Publications, 2004):
At the public tribute reading for Ursula K. Le Guin in her hometown of Portland, Oregon earlier this month, we were moved to tears at the surprise of a Chinese dragon performance in Le Guin’s honor. After the event, hundreds of event-goers spilled out onto the streets of downtown Portland, following the dragon. This was after Margaret Atwood’s video message which proclaimed, with authority, “Ursula’s dragons are the best dragons.” We agree.
Here’s to “hearing the dragon speak,”
The Team at Copper Canyon Press
PS: Thank you for taking a moment to increase your pledge or bring a friend into the campaign as a backer—if each backer increases their pledge by $10 or gets one friend to join the fun, we will reach our stretch goal by Thursday at 5pm Pacific Time!