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

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

2.) Little Mary

Mary Morris

Here is my mother, standing near the soft sand street at the foot of her house in Collins, Georgia. Her brother James, already a young man, later dug a strange, Asian-looking pine from the swamp and planted it in the corner by that stone she's standing on, and by the time I can remember the yard, the tree was towering. But not long after this picture, my mama liked to jump the little swamp seedling. There she is, the miracle baby that nobody had the slightest reason to expect...