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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Formal frolics, just up--

Just home from four days in New Hampshire, and pleased to find people sharing two new poems of mine on social media... enjoy!

Self-portrait as Ruth the Moabite at Measure Review

Pilfered from Measure Review on Twitter: "Writing in a nonce form that's half-sestina and half-ghazal, #poet Marly Youmans (@marlyyoumans) has created a stunning and hopeful #poem worth remembering - and form worth trying yourself. Read it now at #measurereview" 

Seaside Pentina for a Chinese Painter at Autumn Sky Poetry Daily

"Editor’s Note: This delightful pentina uses lush imagery to draw the reader into a landscape that feels as ephemeral as a painting, but with a structure that perfectly encapsulates the concept of 'li'."


  1. I would have run a mile (backwards) to be rewarded with that judgment:

    "Writing in a nonce form that's half-sestina and half-ghazal..."

    I must arm myself with such bullets, really learn them. If it wasn't for the phrase "iambic pentameter" I'd be totally illiterate when it comes to verse-comment. I came too late to this techno-land, the spirit being willing, but the flesh limp.

    1. I expect your phrase is particularly useful--iambic pentameter being such a powerhouse! That some like to frolic in a restless fashion is no barrier to making your poems. Which I enjoy...


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.