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

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Thaliad goes to South Africa

     This is modern day epic poetry about the destruction of our 21st century world and the seven children who escape topping mountains and the great inferno.
     One hundred pages of mesmerizing iambic pentameter surge and swell, plunge and soar the journeying through the children's grief and rotting remains of what was our civilisation, until few of the seven triumph over danger and evil and grow into adulthood to parent a new post-apocalyptic future for mankind.
     Blank verse on grand scale, heroic imagery, narrated by the latter day Bard of the Clave tasked with preserving the best of old world literature and recording the new.
     Wise beyond her years but, so endearingly, as susceptible as any 19-year-old to charm spun by a stranger with eyes "green as Glimmerglass in a storm."
          --Moira Richards, Cape Times, South Africa, 22 August 2014


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.