Beautiful forms that exist briefly

I am deeply grateful for the writing and teaching of Ursula Le Guin, who I just learned has passed away on Monday. Here’s a favourite passage:

„They don’t have any representative arts. They decorate their pottery and whatever else they make only with their beautiful writing. The only way they imitate the world is by putting words together: that is, by letting words interrelate in a fertile, ever-changing complexity to form shapes and patterns that have never existed before, beautiful forms that exist briefly and create and give way to other forms. Their language is their own exuberant, endlessly proliferating ecology. All the jungle they have, all the wilderness, is their poetry.“

– “The Nna Mmoy Language”, Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 – 2018)

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