Just out: The Book of the Red King, a collection of poems about the mysterious Red King, the lunar Precious Wentletrap, and the transforming Fool (Phoenicia Publishing.) Illuminated by Clive-Hicks-Jenkins. "A must-read and a distinctive, evocative voice. There is no one like Marly Youmans" -Kim Bridgford. Please check out the link above for news, review clips, and more!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Download directly: chapter one, A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage

the first chapter

A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage
(Mercer University Press -
The Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction)

directly from


  1. Dear Marly, I read this entire chapter aloud to myself to feel the words roll off my tongue. You are a poet, through and through, and it makes your prose magic. I am amazed, though I know I shouldn't be because it's your writing. The experience of it is truly remarkable.
    - MB

  2. Hello, MB--

    You just popped up as I was about to close my laptop--what a lovely thing to say. I'm so glad you did! It's very cheerful and encouraging on a morning when I have many dreary things to do and a cold to boot! Thank you.


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.