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

Saturday, April 23, 2005

The Midnight Crier (at 2:00 a.m.): that was the Shaara...

Some days ago I announced that a penpal, Philip Lee Williams, had won the Shaara for 2004. Then I had to change it to the ______ because the award hadn't been formally announced. Now it has been. The unpacking of confetti and fireworks, party hats and bugles is in order:

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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.