My theme this year is the ABCEDARIA of Women who have inspired me.
L is for Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin
a fantastic writer of fantastical worlds. a daring essayist. a feminist. Never an apologist. Oh - this marvel of a person. I'm going to give you a bit of an essay here. I could have picked from anywhere but this is one of the finest explanations of a writer's mind that I can find.
“The poet Gary Snyder’s finely unpoetic image of composting is useful here. Stuff goes into the writer, a whole lot of stuff, not notes in a notebook but everything seen and heard and felt all day every day, a lot of garbage, leftovers, dead leaves, eyes of potatoes, artichoke stems, forests, streets, rooms in slums, mountain ranges, voices, screams, dreams, whispers, smells, blows, eyes, gaits, gestures, the touch of a hand, a whistle in the night, the slant of light on the wall of a child’s room, a fin in a waste of waters. All this stuff goes down into the novelist’s personal compost bin, where it combines, recombines, changes; gets dark, mulchy, fertile, turns into ground. A seed falls into it, the ground nourishes the seed with the richness that went into it, and something grows. But what grows isn’t an artichoke stem and a potato eye and a gesture. It’s a new thing, a new whole. It’s made up.”