Cover reveal and ToC for Climbing Lightly Through Forests

Lisa M. Bradley and I are happy to announce the lineup and cover of Climbing Lightly Through Forests, a poetry anthology honoring Ursula K. Le Guin. Forests includes our introduction, work by many wonderful poets, and a retrospective of Le Guin’s poetry. The anthology is forthcoming from Aqueduct Press in January 2021. It was an absolute honor to work on this project. Congratulations to all the poets! This is going to be beautiful.

Table of Contents

NOT AN INTRODUCTION, by Lisa M. Bradley and R.B. Lemberg

POETRY

1. Wind and Water
“Dear Ursula” by Edmond Y. Chang
“Where Are You?” by Jo Walton
“Wind Writes the Water” by Roger Dutcher
“Distance, Interval” by MJ Cunniff
“In Latin, foris” by Christopher Phelps
“The Forester’s Stratagem” by Neile Graham
“Redwood Houses” by Amelia Gorman
“Galloping Hooves” by Tricia Knoll
“Kudzu” by Stephanie Burt
“Pacifica/evergreen” by Hal Y. Zhang
“The Other Lives” by Sonya Taaffe
“Of Winter and Other Seasons” by Kiya Nicoll
“Might as well say I’m the words she read” by Betsy Aoki
Poet Stumbles upon the Ten Thousand Things” by Brandon O’Brien

2. Rebellions
“Speculative Fiction” by Linden McMahon
“Sound Science” by Hal Y. Zhang
“Upwards Toward the Light (a found poem)” by Rachel Swirsky
“Physics” by Ursula Whitcher
“Dream Logic” by Ada Hoffmann
“The Trees Are Waiting” by Gita Ralleigh
“We Dream the Future in Our Songs” by Eva Papasoulioti
“Atmospheric Inversion” by Kim Goldberg
“The Keystone Out of Your Arch” by Sonya Taaffe
“Tolk” by So Mayer
“On the Long Road Back” by Aimee Ogden
“The Day before the Revolution” by Izzy Wasserstein

3. Bodies and Boundaries
“Icarus” by Thoraiya Dyer
“From the Ansible, a Voice” by Charles Payseur
“The Topography of Ambition” by Wendy Howe
“Frost Ascending” by Kendra Preston Leonard
“Ossify” by Jennifer Mace
“Keepsake” by A.J. Odasso
“Gebbeth” by A.Z. Louise
“A Headful of Hair” by Leah Bobet
“Evening (terza rima)” by Susannah Mandel
“And So if You Go Down, You Go Down Whole” by Jeanelle D’Isa
“ode to illness” by Gwynne Garfinkle
“The Place Where We Don’t Touch (To Therem Harth rem ir Estravan, from Theirs to Thine)” by Xian Mao
“An idea of boundary” by Shweta Narayan
“Concern (a found poem)” by Brandon O’Brien
“The Brown Thing” by Sofia Samatar

4. Kin and Kind
“Subjunctivitis (or: a Stratagem of Mortality)” by Margarita Tenser
“The Scent of Green” by Sandra J. Lindow
“Dancing at the Edge” by Margaret Wack
“Until the Ships Came” by Nicole Field
“Song of the Guardians of the Rainbow” by Ana Tapia, translation by Lawrence Schimel
“The Humanist Chaplain Watches her Daughter Walking through the Herb Garden” by T.D. Walker
“Couch Burning” by Tania Pryputniewicz
“My 1980” by Stephanie Burt
“On Reading Le Guin” by Mary Soon Lee
“Earthsea” by Bernard Horn
“Time Is Being and Being Time” Eva Papasoulioti
“Lessons from Mother” by Lynne Sargent
“A Metaphor of Sparrows” by Erin K. Wagner

5. The Farthest Shore
“Journey” by Lyta Gold
“Dragon Haiku” by Mary Vlooswyk
“The Ineffable” by Valeria Rodríguez
“Cat’s Canticle” by David Sklar
“Reincarnate” by Kate Boyes
“Spring” by Nisi Shawl
“Note To Ursula K. Le Guin” by JT Stewart
“Oregon: Local News” by Tricia Knoll
“There Must Be Darkness” by Catherine Rockwood

ESSAY
“The Poetry of Ursula K. Le Guin: A Retrospective” by R.B. Lemberg

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R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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