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

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dear passers-by and keen readers,

Courtesy of sxc.hu + magstefan of Graz, Austria
Due to the Yankee Bug of Doom and the need to finish edits for the upcoming novel, I will be off-blog (aside from answering the occasional stray comment) for a few days. Please send chocolates (absolutely no wax, must be at very least Dove-level or else the cat gets them), citrus fruit suitable for juicing (dreaming of blood oranges), and ridiculous stories of havoc and good cheer. Love you all, or at least Bilbo's “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." Too hard to parse... I'll just stick with "love one another."

Please scroll down for older posts--I've been surprised (nay, shocked, I say!) at how many people have found recent posts on the Matelli sculpture fracas, winter's spell (thanks to Prufrock News), and defining a poem to be worth a visit. Gives me hope for the arts in this time of Babel, obfuscation, and unrest... (And, of course, there's that Potter-post, heading toward 2K. I suppose that weighing in on the Potter weddings absurdity and the nature of books was fated to be popular.)

Now I'm just hoping to be surprised by how many of you desire to own one of my in-print books... In other less-impertinent news, I have seen the front jacket of Glimmerglass, and it is the cheerful bee's knees and the dragon's tongue! Thank you to Clive Hicks-Jenkins, who has given me the most beautiful books in this or any other hemisphere. More art coming soon, too.

7 comments:

  1. Glimmerglass' jacket look gorgeous - who can resist!

    Good luck and good speed with the edits, Marly. Hope your cold is gone now so you feel clear-headed and brilliant!

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    1. It is not gone, alas, but it will be, surely! Soon, I hope, along with brain fog. But I am past the halfway mark. When I'm done, I'll read it one more time, just to make sure I didn't introduce a glitch. Then I shall be ready to fire it back.

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  2. As someone who occasionally passes by, I wish you well in your challenges.

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    1. Thank you, Tim, and I expect you are in a higher class than mere passer-by--after all, they might just whip by and never return again.

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  3. Bilbo's comment still has that ring of pursed-lips-query that was there when first I read it, so many many years ago. Wish you well when your book sees the light of the public day, and at all the steps in between. (This comment comes with a box of etheric chocolates.)

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    1. Thanks, Tom--good health and good words to you!

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    2. And yes, it remains odd and quizzical, even when one translates the words into more ordinary phrasings...

      Chocolates received!

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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.