Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Midnight Crier (at 2:00 a.m.): Marly on McSweeney's

My sestina, "The Nesting Doll," has gone up on McSweeney's Internet Tendency. I didn't know about the glorious role of Assistant Web Editor for Sestinas at McSweeney's when I wrote it, but evidently a lot of people have written sestinas particularly for McSweeney's, utilizing the editor's name as one of the repeating end words.

Here's the start of it:

Once upon a time a little doll
Encountered demons in the woods near home;
One took the guise of a well-bred traveler,
Smiling and chatting as he trailed her here
And there, at last jumping right into her mouth
By cunning sleight, so he could taste her soul.

For the rest, hop to McSweeney's.

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