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

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Surprises for "Thaliad"

Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Many of the images for Thaliad (Phoenicia Publishing of Montreal) are to be kept under wraps until November 1, but the ones I have seen are wondrous and fit together with the text in a way I like--not straightforward illustrations but a running accompaniment of vignettes suggestive of handwork and needlework and tradition, as if the events of the poem have been memorialized in cottage handicraft work. They are both of our time and another, and that is entirely fitting for the poem. Beth Adams will have many decisions to make, fitting all these lovely images into the formatted text.

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Elsewhere: Evidently The Foliate Head came back from the printers and was found to be defective (some loose pages) and the whole batch sent back for redo. So still in pre-order. Unless, of course, it's back! Most recent review of A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage is here. Updates: A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage page, new The Foliate Head page.

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