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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Finishing touch & book news--

For more about Clive Hicks-Jenkins, leap here.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins and Thalia

Here is the Clive Hicks-Jenkins front jacket of Thaliad, a long poem forthcoming from Phoenicia Publishing in Montreal some time after The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza Press) appears in the fall. The last bit was my name, and I was not expecting that zingy, fresh-spring-juice-and-wild-celery! I am glad that Clive chose Thalia for the cover image, and that the collaged figure could serve as child or woman--growing, flourishing, flowering, and fruiting despite the ravaged, dark world in which she finds herself at the start of the narrative.

Updates on A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage

Events for the new book will have to slow down and be more regional for summer--I'll have all three children in or in-and-ut this summer, my husband will be off on a major trip to Africa in August, and I am already doing a lot of reading for the NBA-YPL award. Evidently the deluge is July and August... Meanwhile I have updated the book page with new review clips and other information, so please take a look and share with friends who read. As Mercer has been "making do" without a marketing director for some time, I am counting on the kindness of strangers and the generosity of friends to help Lady Word of Mouth share the news about A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage.

Publishing and choices made

For those interested in the health of the publishing industry in all its precincts--large- and mid-sized houses, university presses, and small presses, I'm recommending this peep about the closing of the important University of Missouri Press.


  1. And see.... I even spelt it correctly! (Note to readers: I all too often spell Youmans the British way, because the pronunciation of it is the same as that of our own Yeoman... as in Yeoman of the Guard!)

    Marly, I'm re-cutting the Y of Youmans. It needs more of that 'zingy, fresh-spring-juice-and-wild-celery' to make it jump out!

  2. Well, it is your "Yeoman(s)"; it's just that my great-grandfather spelled it in various ways, and it settled into "Youmans."

    No doubt it will be splendid "Y."

  3. What a GLORIOUS cover!!! I love, love it! Such great textures, colors, composition.

  4. A very poetic cover. She's so many things, almost all connected. I like this...

  5. Hope she entices people to read!


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.