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

Monday, January 16, 2012

Waving not drowning

I've been busy with distant 12-hour wrestling meets and a near-disaster with freezing pipes, but will be around tomorrow with a new The Lydian Stones post! Also, for any Virginians who did not already see this on facebook--I'll be speaking to MALIA in Roanoke on April 20th. Open to the public. More on that later.

2 comments:

  1. Hang in there!

    (Finished Psyche today. Just amazing. So rich. It really ought to come in a heavy leatherbound 3 volume set, not a slender paperback, for its physical presence to match its poetic one.

    Not that it's heavy. It has lots of sly comic bits: I laughed a lot, while reading it. But it's not light.)

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  2. Hi Dale--

    Still haven't read yours because I just finished an extra read of the novel. They said I could if I wanted...and I am persnickety so I did. And now I am hoping for some bits of free time to read books by friends and also several manuscripts I promised... I'm going to quit promising to read manuscipts. In fact, I hereby announce it...

    But I am glad of what you say... The hardcover looks a bit bigger, and my mother the librarian says that it is the best-bound book I have ever had! It met all her stringent demands and beat out Godine and FSG, and that's pretty good.

    And I'm glad you liked the comic bits! You are a grand reader as well as poet!

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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.