Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added)
is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.
--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Philip Lee Williams & The Throne of Psyche

Surprises are tricksy.

Sometimes you hold a thing as a surprise-to-come, and then you have to give it unexpectedly after a different, unforeseen surprise comes to pass.

On the 5th, writer Philip Lee Williams (come fall, we will have corresponded for a decade) posted a lovely piece about me and the upcoming book, The Throne of Psyche.
So I had to tell him that I had dedicated the book to him.

When you give a little gift, and then the gift turns out to mean a lot to the person, it is thrilling.

At left: "Crown of Laurel" by Sulamith Wulfing. I picked it because when somebody says such good things about one's writing, it is like being crowned with laurel, as poets were once crowned in the old days when poetry still ran in people's veins.

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P. S. If you go to Phil's link, you'll find out some good things about his upcoming books!

P. P. S. Picture: Hmm, not sure where I originally took it from. Probably artpassions.net, a great illustration site worth visiting. Public domain image.

3 comments:

  1. Got confused and commented in the wrong blog!

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  2. Wrong post or wrong blog? That would be funny!

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.