"Something like a Memory" appeared in the current issue of Books and Culture, and is now up on the website here. The magazine (edited by that wide reader, John Wilson) has been a big supporter of mine, a thing I very much appreciate.
Lovely day doing various events at International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute's Culture Care Day at Cairn University (Langhorne, Pennsylvania) on Wednesday, lovely day with family at graduation today... And now I find some poems just up at Mezzo Cammin--here is a taste of what is there, titles and opening lines. Thanks as always to editor and poet and culture maker Kim Bridgford.
Portrait of Carolyn Wyeth with Leaves
Leaves moving in the evening light and air—
Some are lit from within, irregular
Bride, with Magnolia Blossom
The piano-and-fiddle tune is faint,
As light as eyes in the daguerreotype…
My Lover Sang to Me
He sang a ballad in my ear;
Song echoed like a shell.
The Dream of the King's Clothes
Seven years we toiled, collecting the orb
Spiders at dawn, coaxing the spinnerets
Firstborn, strange in the womb, too-late turner, brow-positioned—
In the cathedral I wandered to the Lady Chapel
Lament for the Dead, July 4
Back at the start of May, Carey Wallace asked me to write for Lament for the Dead and to suggest some other poets--my day to write was July 4th (thank you, Carey) and here is the link to my 7-part poem. Interesting to see my words centered--looks like a different poem! Thanks to Carey for all her hard work on Lament for the Dead. Take a look at the many varied poems...
Maze of Blood news, 2 July
|Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins|
on Maze of Blood at Facebook here.
(Evidently Facebook will not allow the world "blood" as part of a page title!)
Old page on my website, now updated, here.
|Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins,|
design by Burt and Burt
at twitter, with slash marks to separate each tweet:
5 tweets from editor John Wilson @jwilson1812 Jun 28:
The novel is inspired by the life of Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian), and Coleridge is a / tutelary spirit. (Cover and illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.) Like all of Marly's books, it's one of a kind. / I marvel at the arc you've followed. Each time you start from scratch, in a new direction, so that a bald summary of your / novels would seem to suggest that "Marly Youmans" is actually 8 or 9 different writers, and yet in fact each book is so / clearly and distinctively yours, with your "inscape."
3 Tweets from John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture:
Saved galley of Maze of Blood (new novel by @marlyyoumans) for this trip. Finished it yesterday: wonderful. Coming in Sept from @mupress / The novel is inspired by the life of Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian), and Coleridge is a ... / tutelary spirit. (Cover and illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.) Like all of Marly's books, it's one of a kind. @marlyyoumans @mupress
And here's a 4-tweet quote, John Wilson @jwilson1812 Jun 28
"And so the tale of a Green Knight with his chopped-off head still holding a knight of the Round Table to promises made / is no less true than the tale of a man crammed with secrets who spontaneously combusts and leaves behind only a black, / tallowy mark on the floorboards, and his story in turn is no less true than the tale of a Texas sharecropper's wife who / has had a miscarriage only ten days before but just this morning was walking behind the mule and guiding the jerking plow."