Wednesday, February 22, 2023




Imagine dark.

Forty years'  rain.

The sinking ark.

No dogs bark

or doves complain

in the long dark.

No eel or shark

noses in vain

the ribs of the ark.

No star, no spark.

No full or wane.

Silence and dark.

Without mark,

without stain,

bright, stark,

the ocean's arc

is bare again

above the dark,

the sunken ark.


Ursula K. Le Guin

Collected Poems

The Library of America, 2023

edited by Harold Bloom

"Extinction" was first published by Longhouse in 2007

in Ursula K. Le Guin's foldout booklet Four Different Poems

reprinted here in the new The Library of America volume

Photograph by Theo Downes-Le Guin