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

Monday, January 14, 2013

Review, The Foliate Head and more

Books editor Greg Langley of The Baton Rouge Advocate reviews three recent poetry books:

Thomas Lynch's The Sin Eater,
Kay Stripling Byer's Descent,
and my The Foliate Head.

Clip: "A rarity among poets today, Youmans writes in metered verse, sometimes rhyme. Her skill at mastering the forms is impressive."

When I was a high school girl in Cullowhee, Kay worked with my mother at the Western Carolina University's Hunter Library, and we often talked about poetry and writing. So it is interesting to be bracketed with her this way...

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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.