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, January 30, 2014

Sixteen Hundred Years

"Trees and moon" courtesy of sxc.hu
and Siddharth Nair of Bangalore, India.
LibraryKris aka Kris Weihipeihana of New Zealand has read another of my poems on Audioboo (it follows her reading of "The Wish for Roses") this time a poem in the current issue of Mezzo Cammin (click to see the text.) It's fascinating to see what poems attract readers, and to hear one's words with the emphasis and accents of another.

A whole series of readings of the same poems would make an interesting site, wouldn't it? To hear the differences in pause and length of syllable, the variety of accents, the subtle changes in sense and emotion that would sometimes occur.

Thank you to Kris!

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