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

Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Foliate Head

That image? One of many heads tossed off by Clive Hicks-Jenkins in his joyful fooling with ideas for The Foliate Head. Andrew Wakelin and Clive are now playing with the design of the book. I am eager to see it, and thank Pete Crowther of Stanza Press (UK) for requesting a manuscript of poetry. Alas, I've realized that I neglected to ask for comments, being so busy with A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. And I even had an offer for one! I shall have to use quotes from the 2011 book and note them as such, I believe.

Yesterday's note:  I have Clive Hicks-Jenkins on the brain, as we were just emailing about cover images for a forthcoming poetry book, The Foliate Head (Stanza Press, UK). And you should have him on the brain, too, because he has curated a marvelous 5-post show of moveable maquettes at his Artlog. Go there for surprise and wonder!

Also: Please slide down to the next post for links to news on A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage, the Goodreads giveaway of 24 copies (a mere 314 signed up so far, so you have a good chance at a copy), the first chapter at Scribd, etc.

4 comments:

  1. I too have been so preoccupied with reading your wonderful novel that I forgot about this book! Too bad he can't just publish a folio of all the many heads alongside the book!

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  2. Your latest book will be another masterpiece of collaboration between writer and artist(s). So many Wakelins that I've recently come across, Peter, Sally (one of the maquetteers) and now Andrew - presumably all related. If so, what a creative family!

    Started Camellia a couple of nights ago, during a 2:00 am(!?) fit of insomnia. That stunning first chapter did NOT put me to sleep :-)

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  3. I think there will be more heads than planned--maybe two color heads on front and back and black and whites in the interior...

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  4. Marja-Leena,

    You went to Spam Land (and I don't mean Hawaii!) I just found and harrowed you... and here you are again.

    If you look at Clive's photographs of the celebrations around his 60th birthday retrospective, you will see even more Wakelins! Yes, they are bright and interesting and creative.

    Very amusing! A 2:00 a.m. start... And I'm glad that the book managed to keep you awake under such conditions!

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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.