“Rock has no tongue to speak,” but Ursula, with these poems, gives the Steens Mountain counry luminous, clear voice, and Roger, with these images, a sacred, orchestral music. There is intimacy and beauty and spareness on every page of Out Here—just as on the land itself.
Molly Gloss, novelist and poet
Author of The Jump-Off Creek, The Hearts of Horses
Out Here is for me a hymn in praise of Steens Mountain, a territory I’ve revered since childhood. Roger Dorband’s precise photographs present us with the geology and natural life in all their intricate particularity. Ursula K. Le Guin walks out one clear night, under “the endless abyss of light” from the stars, into “blazing silence” and “eternity made visible.” Their work combines to provide an invaluable sight of the holiness we inhabit.
William Kittredge, fiction writer and environmentalist
Author of Owning It All, Hole in the Sky
Ursula Le Guin and Roger Dorband have created a book of startling beauty. Le Guin’s poems capture the melancholy beauty of Harney County, while Dorband’s photographs illuminate the surprising grace of the landscape. Together, they are a joy. Out Here helps us see the desert with new eyes.
Nancy Langston, environmental historian
Author of Where Land and Water Meet, Toxic Bodies
Southeast Oregon high desert, uncharismatic empty working space is beauty. Dorband’s photographs magically both near and far. Le Guin’s sketches precise and ancient, dry. Each of her poems a unique event, they don’t walk but hop, skip, jump—new rhythms, new rhymes. Here’s a book to make us want less of more—may the owl repackage us and put us there.
Gary Snyder, poet and philosopher of nature
Author of The Practice of the Wild, No Nature: New and Selected Poems