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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Magician's Card

The Magician’s Card by Marly Youmans

Poet, novelist, and short story writer Marly Youmans has written a compelling response to Makoto Fujimura’s On Becoming Generative: an Introduction to Culture Care! In the 10-page essay, Youmans explores the role of the artist in caring for culture through the powerful story of her friend Louis D. Rubin, Jr. You can download the full PDF for free here.

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About Fujimura Institute. Wander around in the project, resource, and event pages.


  1. Damn! I hit "preview" and my comment vanished never to be seen again! That's a villainous magician! Look forward to reading your essay. Come down for a visit next week, madam, and we'll bake a real sour-cherry pie--the cherries on my backyard tree are reddening more each day. And we'll have real Homestead Creamery ice cream to go with it.

    1. Most enticing, Miz Mary Boxley Bullington! But I am afraid that I shall not be flitting through Roanoke until September... Not sure, but think that may be right. However, I may be a bit freer then. Might even do an event.

  2. Wonderful essay! You have been blessed by excellent teachers/mentors.

    1. Sometimes I think that Louis was mentor to the whole South... a wonderful, generous man.


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.