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

Friday, November 18, 2011

At the Mythopoeic Society

A review of The Throne of Psyche by Randy Hoyt is up at the Mythprint website (The Mythopoeic Society.) It was previously published in the September issue of the magazine (48:9, #350.) It's the first review where the title poem is compared to other uses of the Psyche story.

Here's a clip to entice:
Even though many of the creatures and characters have been gathered from various traditions, the stories Youmans tells are primarily her own. I found many of these original narratives quite powerful and compelling, with moments from them now firmly impressed in my imagination: Hephaestus limping through the market, the young girl riding on the dragon through the sky, the woman gazing at the Northern Lights, and the bard toiling and singing alone on the forgotten shore. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in both imaginative fiction and poetry.

4 comments:

  1. A deservedly wonderful review, Marly.
    I have read Lewis, but never his poetry. I must search it out and give it time too.
    A good review will always lead one to new things whilst whetting one's appetite for the new work under discussion (when deserved, and here that is deserved).
    This was a very good review!

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  2. Glad you like it! Randy Hoyt seems a perfect reader for the Mythopoeic Society--has a lot of mythopoeic reading to draw on.

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  3. Another good review! Your book is growing on people, Marly.

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  4. Growing on... Would be nice if they would leaf out with books, wouldn't it?

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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.