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 06, 2015

The Flower Girl

THE FLOWER GIRL
with many thanks to Paul Digby

  

 Here's a not-much-more than newborn poem from me, embodied in an even newer video by the wonderful Paul Digby. It's a blank verse poem, tying off with a rhyme, and looks to be the first of a group--at least, I have already written a related poem and have some scattered flecks of thought about a few more.

Paul reads the poem, and he made the video. He is one of the most creative people I know--a composer, a videographer, a carpenter, a painter in oils, a knitter and designer, a custom frame maker, and endlessly on. Lately he has been singing a great deal. He's a special person, and I appreciate the many kind things he has done for my poems. You can see six more of his videos of my poems here.

P. S. I agree with Marja-Leena, the other one didn't deserve to be on the same page! So I took it down... Shall post it on Facebook for the curious.

8 comments:

  1. Ah, a translucent love letter to the endangered world, channeling the best spirits of Dickinson, Hopkins, and Yeats. I hope you do not balk or chafe at the comparison. Your poem has made my sun-drenched afternoon even brighter and -- more importantly -- more hopeful.

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    1. Oh, no, of course not--I'm always pleased to see what readers / listeners make of a poem or story. And what lovely company you give me in that list...

      Though I have to give Sienna Latham at Facebook credit for immediately thinking of Blodeuwedd! Of course, she's a mythic-minded sort, so that wasn't a bit surprising.

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  2. A lovely poem, Marly, and so beautifully presented by Paul!

    The second video doesn't belong on the same page.

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    1. I thought about that... whether it was too ridiculous. One being non-mainstream and serious, the other being mainstream and ridiculous...

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  3. I love this poem, which seems an apt response to the barbarities of our current world.

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    1. Thanks, Robinka... It does, certainly, tend in that direction, if only with "the frail duration of a flower." Philip Freneau just popped into my head, so perhaps that duration is longer than one might think.

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  4. And as I have said, I love Paul's presentation of it too.

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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.