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, April 16, 2013

"To stand"

“When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”

--Mr. Rogers,
 a.k.a. Sir Peredur/Percival/Parsifal of Camelot in a cardigan

Vignette from Clive Hicks-Jenkins for Thaliad


  1. Wise words from a wise man.
    Thank you for this.

  2. Thanks, Lynn--I enjoyed looking at your collages and other work!

    I admire the life of Mr. Rogers more and more--great solidity and purity and love, and great good sense.

  3. Wise words from a gentle man - thanks for this, Marly.
    I remember him well from years of watching his show with our children. (Canada had a similar TV show in "Mr. Dressup" played by the equally gentle Ernie Coombs.)

    And I am struck all over again by Clive's hand with heart!

  4. Hi Dale and Marja-Leena--

    I always appreciated his gentleness, especially since some little children probably wouldn't have known of such a way to be without him.

    It's a Clivean day. Was just talking with people about him on Twitter.


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.