For Friday, May 12, 2017:
A poem or story consciously written to address a problem or bring about a specific result, no matter how powerful or beneficent, has abdicated its first duty and privilege, its responsibility to itself. Its primary job is simply to find the words that give it its right, true shape. That shape is its beauty and its truth …
… Art reveals something beyond the message. A story or poem may reveal truths to me as I write it. I don’t put them there. I find them in the story as I work.
Ursula Le Guin
WORDS ARE MY MATTER: WRITINGS ABOUT LIFE AND BOOKS, 2000-2016