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

Short stories and poems

detail, art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins for Glimmerglass
(Mercer, 9/2014)

Where to find some of my STORIES and POEMS 
in anthologies and magazines and online 'zines


STORIES


  •  “A Child in Summer,” Story Quarterly 22 (1986)
  •       Reprinted in This is How We Live, ed. Michael McFee (The University of North Carolina, 2000)
  • “A Map of the Forest,” Blue Moon Café IV [anthology](San Francisco:  MacAdam/Cage, 2005)
  • “An Incident at Agate Beach,” Argosy Quarterly, 3 (2005)
  •       Reprint in Northwest Passages:  A Cascadian Odyssey(Port Orchard, Washington: Windstorm Creative, 2005)
  •       Reprint in Year’s Best in Fantasy and Horror, (New York:  St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006)
  •        Reprint, Weird Fiction Review, February 2013
  • “Compass of Dreams,” Louisiana Literature, 7:1 (1990)
  • “Concealment Shoes,” Salon Fantastique, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006) Locus Recommended Reading, 2006 
  • “Drunk Bay,” Postscripts (UK), Issue 13, 2007
  • “Matreshka,” Fantasy Magazine, (4) 2006
  • “Nana,” Southern Humanities Review, 23:1 (1989)
  • “Power and Magic,” forthcoming in the third Firebirds anthology, Firebirds Soaring, ed. Sharyn November, 2009
  • Reprint, Year's Best Fantasy 10, ed. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (forthcoming)
  • “Prolegomenon to The Adventures of Childe Phoenix,”Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, no. 20 (2007)
  •       Reprint, LightspeedFebruary 2013 (Online print and podcast; art by Galen Dara)
  • “Rain Flower Pebbles,” Postscripts (UK), no. 17 Winter 2008
  • “Seven Crooked Tinies,” Fantasy Magazine (6) 2007
  • “Static” in Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology, ed. Nick Gevers (U.K./U.S.: Solaris Books, 2008) 
  • “Tall Jorinda,” Capitol: The Magazine of New York’s Capitol Region 5: 7 (July 1989).  Capitol Magazine chose "Tall Jorinda" for its 1989 New Writer’s Award of a thousand dollars, publication, and a reading at The Shaker Museum, Old Chatham, New York
  • Reprint, Strange Horizons, 28 November 2005
  • “The Angel with the Broken Face,” Mars Hill Review, 25 (2005)
  • “The Balsam Spirit,” Southern Humanities Review 25:1 (1991)  Theodore Hoepfner prize for the year’s best story,Southern Humanities Review, 1991
  • “The Boolu Lady,” Southern Humanities Review, 21:4 (1987) Theodore Hoepfner prize for the year’s best story, Southern Humanities Review, 1987
  • “The Chinese Room,” We Think, Therefore We Are, ed. Pete Crowther (DAW Books, 2009)
  • “The Comb,” Fantasy Magazine, no. 7 (2007)
  •       Reprint in Fantasy: The Best of the Year, ed. Rich Horton (Prime Books, 2008)
  • “The Dawn Walker,” Fantasy Magazine, 3 (Summer 2006)
  • “The Deaf Girl,” in The Raleigh News & Observer, March 5, 2000
  • “The Flower Notebook” in Carolina Quarterly 48: 2  (1995)
  • “The Four Directions” in Last Drink Bird Head, ed. Jeff Vandermeer, Ministry of Whimsy (2009) 
  • “The Fossil Bed,” The South Carolina Review 24:1 (1991)
  • “The Gate House,” Argosy Quarterly, 4, forthcoming
  • “The Geode” in Electric Velocipede 11 (2006)
  • “The Girl in the Fabrilon,” SCIFICTION, Spring 2005, May 11
  • "The Grave Reflection," Ghosts by Gaslight, ed. Nick Gevers and Jack Dann, forthcoming
  •  "The Horse Angel," Edison's Frankenstein: Postscripts Anthology 20/21 (U.K.), 2009; Locus Recommended Reading, 2009
  • “The Pilgrim Soul,” collaborative event with painter Makoto Fujimura at Yale Divinity School, May 2007
  • "The Red King's Sleep," Postscripts Quarterly Anthology(U. K.), 2009
  • “The Salt Garden,” Kansas Quarterly 21: 1-2 (1989)
  • “The Salamander Fire,” The Beastly Bride, eds. E. Datlow and T. Windling, forthcoming, (Viking, 2010)
  • “The Seven Mirrors,” forthcoming in an anthology of novellas from Prime Books
  • “The Smaragdine Knot,” Logorrhea:  Good Words Make Good Stories, ed. John Klima, (Bantam Books, 2007)
  • “The Stone Baby,” The South Carolina Review 24: 1 (1991)        
  • “Winter’s Bride,” in The Raleigh News and Observer, March 25, 2001


SELECTED POEMS


  • “A Child at the Tropic Pavilions” in Mythic Passages
  • “A Dutch Burgher” in The Raintown Review
  • “A Fire in Ice” in The Raintown Review
  • “A May Flower” in qarrtsiluni
  • “A Retreat” in South Carolina Review
  • “A Star in a Box” in At Length
  • "A Tree for Ezekiel" in qarrtsiluni
  • "A Winter’s Tale” in Pembroke Magazine
  • “Abandon” in Rhino
  • "About the Red Book" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "About the Turn of the Leaf” in Pembroke Magazine
  • “Adirondack Camp” in Cold Mountain Review
  • "André Trocmé" in The Liberal Media Made Me Do It, edited by Robbi Nester (Lummox Press, 2014)
  • “After Rain” in A Terse Set (Providence: Windfall Press anthology, 1976)
  • “Asked of a Sibyl” in Apocalypse
  • “After Storm” in The Electric Velocipede
  • “All Hallowed Angels Say” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Arrowhead” in Wordsmith
  • “At Cullowhee” in The HyperTexts
  • “At the Glass Doors” in Crescent Review
  • “At Prentiss Cottage” in The Raintown Review
  • “Barbarians Among Us” in Apocalypse
  • "'Because I Pass, I Pass While Dreams Remain'" in Angle
  • “Becoming Landscape” in South Carolina Review
  • “Blue Sky, Blue Tree” in Pirene's Fountain
  • “Blurbs of the Poets, no. 1” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Botticelli” in qarrtsiluni
  • "Celan" in Books and Culture
  • "Childbed" in Intro 8, ed. George Garrett (Garden City, NY: Anchor/Doubleday
  • "Childbirth, or The Forest of Death” in The Eclectic Muse “Children of Paradise” in ColdMountain Review;  reprint in ColdMountain Review 35th Anniversary issue
  • “Children of Summer” in Blueline
  • “Children of Mystery" in Books & Culture  
  • "Claire” in Carolina Quarterly
  • "Clock of the Moon and Stars" in The Flea
  • “Croft with Cows” in South Carolina Review
  • “Definition of Fool” in At Length
  • "Directions for a Birthday Hat" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Dream of a Waltz with God” in The Deronda Review
  • “Ellen Cameron White” in The Laurel Review
  • “Enchanted Story” in South Carolina Review
  • “Fool’s Sacrifice” in The Flea
  • "Fool's Talismans" in Pirene's Fountain
  • “Fool’s Toast to the Red King” in The Flea
  • “Fort Hays, Kansas” in Canto
  • "Girl with Jar" in Antiphon
  • "Glossary by Twilight" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Godspell, or December Triptych” in Mythic Passages
  • “Gulf” in Mythic Passages
  • “Heard in the Dying Year” in Mythic Passages
  • “Here We Go Round” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Her Girlhood” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “History Report” in South Carolina Review
  • “Homomonojot” in The Round Table Review (U.K.)
  • “Hortus Conclusus” in At Length
  • "Hunt of the Muse" in Lucid Rhythms
  • "Hurdler, Age 12" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Hyfrydol” in The Eclectic Muse
  • "I Heard Their Wings Like the Sound of Many Waters" in qarrtsiluni
  • “In All Her Gleaming Youth, She Said” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “In April” in Hanging Loose
  • “In Extremis” in storySouth
  • "In the Outer Darkness of Middegeard" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "In the Shadow of the Jasmine" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Inside the Village Limits” in Blueline
  • "Interregnum" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "Invisibles" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "Jeux de Pages" in The Flea
  • “Kateri Tekakwitha” in Carolina Quarterly
  • "Kawa-akari" in Books and Culture
  • “Lady in a Tower, 1870” in Carolina Quarterly
  • "Lady Ise" in Books and Culture
  • “Lawn Colonized by Orb Spiders” in Blueline
  • “Legends of the Virgin Martyrs" in Mezzo Cammin
  •  Lethargy at Otter Lake” in The Little Magazine
  • “Letter” in Hanging Loose
  • “Letters from Elsewhere” in The Little Magazine
  • “Living in a Dead Friend’s House” in Artemis
  • "Love for a Stranger" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "Lumen Hour" in Angle
  • “Memory of Youth” in The Electric Velocipede
  • “Mending Nets” in Mythic Passage
  • “Mirror Tree, Tree Mirror” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Missouri Stokes” in The Laurel Review
  • “My Poor Fool is Hang’d” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Narrative of a Buried Life” in Green Mountains Review
  • “Near the End of the World” in Unsplendid
  • “Nihongan Altar” in Books and Culture; reprint in The HyperTexts
  • "Notes from Warrior Girl" in Angle
  • “Parable of Dust” in The Raintown Review
  •  “Piano Rag” in South Carolina Review
  • “Presage” in Black Warrior Review; reprint (“Each Time”) in Nothing Rich, But Some Things Rare: Poetry in the South in The Black Warrior Review, 1974-1984 (The Gorgas Oak Press of the University of Alabama, 1984)
  • “Psyche Enthroned” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Psyche in Hell” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Puck in Spring” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Red Poppy Dream” in Victorian Violet
  • “Riddles of the King” in At Length
  • “Rite: Six for the Fears” in Blueline; reprint in River of Dreams: American Poems from the St. Lawrence Valley (Canton, NY: Glover, 1990)
  •  “Rue for Housman” in Books and Culture
  • “Sakura," commissioned by Makoto Fujimura for The Curator  
  • "Scholastic Interlude” in Mezzo Cammin
  • "Scout Ceremony" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Sea Change” in Davidson Miscellany
  • “Sea of Traherne” in Books and Culture; reprint The HyperTexts
  • “Self-portrait as Dryad, no. 2” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Self-portrait as Dryad, no. 4” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Self-portrait as Dryad, no. 5” in qarrtsiluni
  • “Self-portrait as Dryad, no. 7” in qaartsiluni; reprinted in The 2010 Rhysling Anthology (SWFA)
  • “Self-portrait as Dryad, no. 8” in At Length
  • "Self-portrait as Meadow" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Self-portrait at 2:00 a.m.” in Black Warrior Review
  • "Ship of Trees" in Angle
  • "Sir Gawain to His Shield" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "Sixteen Hundred Years" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Snow House Stories” in Carolina Quarterly
  • “Snow White in Wildwood” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Some Other Things I Hated About the 20th Century” in Oyster Boy Review
  • “Song of the Fisher-Folk” in The Flea
  • “Song of the Fisher-Folk, no. 2” in At Length
  •  “Southern to the Bone” in storySouth 
  • “Spell for Raine” in Mythic Passages
  • “Spring in Fall" in Mezzo Cammin
  • Stones in the Wilderness” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Syrinx Song” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Tears of a Boy, Age 6” in Books and Culture
  • “Testament of the Paisley Loom-Workers” in South Carolina Review
  • "Thaliad" IV excerpt in qarrtsiluni
  • "Thaliad" I excerpt in Mezzo Cammin
  • "That Which Snatches" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Alchemist to the Fool" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Artist as Hephaestus” in Mythic Passages
  • “The Artist of God” in Books and Culture
  • "The Auric Hour" in String Poet
  •  "The Birthday Roses" in qarrtsiluni
  • "The Bottle Tree" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Christmas Bonfire” in At Length
  • “The Desire for the Red King” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Devil’s Curse Against Women” in Common Thread / Common Ground: A Collection of Essays on Early Samplers and Historical Needlework, ed. Marsha Van Valin (Sullivan, Wisconsin: The Scarlet Letter, 2001)
  • "The Dream of the Rood" (translation) in qarrtsiluni
  • “The Foliate Head” in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Fool and His Birthday Hat" in Yew Journal
  • "The Fool and the Owl" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Fool as Gilgamesh" in The Shit Creek Review
  • “The Fool’s Confession” in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Fugitive Light" in qarrtsiluni
  • "The Garden at 4 a.m." in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Good-bye” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Ghost Crab’s Woman” in The Electric Velocipede
  • "The Great Frost" in The Flea
  • “The Gulls” in The Electric Velocipede
  • “The Angel with the Broken Face” in The HyperTexts
  • “The Arabic Lesson” in Carolina Quarterly
  • "The Baby and the Bathwater" (finalist, Eratosphere Able Muse sonnet bake-off, 2013); Able Muse; reprinted in Irresistible Sonnets (Headmistress Press, 2014)
  • "The Birthday Cap" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Birthday Roses” in qarrtsiluni
  • “The Black Flower” in storySouth
  • “The Black Fool” in At Length
  • “The White Fool” in At Length
  • “The Cherry Trees” in Ploughshares
  • "The Desire for the Red King" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Exile’s Track” in storySouth
  • “The Fall” in Mythic Passages
  • “The Fire Girl” in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet
  • "The Fool and the Owl" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Fool and the Sublime” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Fool as Gilgamesh” in The Shit Creek Review
  • “The Fool Tells Children a Story” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Forest Fool” in At Length
  • "The Fugitive Light" in qarrtsiluni
  • “The Grail” in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Greenwood Mound" in Lucid Rhythms
  • "The King and the Fool" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The King in the Cloud of Unknowing” in At Length
  • "The Kirkyard Deer” in The Eclectic Muse
  • “The Library Pictures” in Mythic Passages
  • “The Locomotive Song” in The Laurel Review
  • “The Lonely Ones” in Southern Poetry Review
  • “The Magnolia Girl” in Books & Culture
  • “The Marriage-Bed” in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Memoir Artists" in The Flea
  • “The Mermaid Tavern” in The Flea
  • "The Midden Cross" in Trinacria
  • "The Moon of Precious Wentletrap" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Moon on the Strand” in The Electric Velocipede
  • “The Nesting Doll” in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
  • "The Nuba Christians" in Trinacris
  • “The Peacock’s Tail” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Red King and the Stars” in At Length
  • “The Red King’s Blossom-Tide” in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Red King's Sword" in The Flea
  • “The Red King to the Stricken Man" in Mezzo Cammin 
  • "The Red King’s Word” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Rose of Laughter, Laughter of the Rose” in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Sky Door” in The Electric Velocipede
  • "The Silver Cord" in Lucid Rhythms
  • “The Starflower” in Mythic Passages
  • "The Starry Fool" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Red King's Sword" in The Flea
  • "The Rose of Laughter, Laughter of the Rose" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “The Substance" in Angle
  • "The Tarot Witch” in At Length
  • "The Turret Stairs" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Two Tables" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Village Whispers" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "The Wentletrap Mystery" in Yew Journal
  • "The Wrexham Coverlet" in Hindsight
  • The Yellow Day" in Lucid Rhythms
  • "The Yoke" in Pirene's Fountain
  • “Tithonus” in Mythic Passages
  • "To Make Much of Time" in Angle
  • "Tree Girl" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Two Incidents of Curiosity” in Mezzo Cammin
  • “Upon the First Bathtub in Collins, Georgia” in Canto
  • "Vermont Kingdom" in Books and Culture
  • "What Consoles the Fool" in Mezzo Cammin
  • "What Matters to the Fool" in Yew Journal
  • "What the Fool Whispered to the Wentletrap" in Mezzo Cammin
  • “When Demons Ruled,” in The Electric Velocipede
  • “Why the People Disliked Art, Circa 2005” in The Electric Velocipede
  •  "Wielding the Tree Finder" in qarrtsiluni
  • “Yeats Wishes to Be Magus" in Mezzo Cammin
  • Zephyr” in Mezzo Cammin 

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