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Friday, August 12, 2022

Wordishly

My beautiful child!
FAVORITE LINE AT THE COUNTY FAIR

"The Beautiful Child Contest is now underway at the Cow and Sheep Barn." 

Last night I went to the Schoharie County Fair with my husband and youngest--Demo Derby! Royal Hannaford Circus! Gaudy rides! Crazy carnival eats! And all the joys of beribboned rabbits and hares, cows and sheep and friendly goats.

CHARIS IN THE WORLD OF WONDERS, AGAIN

Hurrah for a lovely new review from Sarah Collister at The North American Anglican. I'm grateful that this book, launched in the most uncertain part of the pandemic, is still receiving reviews two years on.

Sample clip:

Youmans takes readers on a triumphant yet honest journey from death to new life in the ten chapters of her luminous novel.

I had the hardest time reviewing this book because every time I picked up to work on the review, I ended up getting lost in the narrative once again. Though the themes of this tale are quite serious ‒ death, loss, and new life ‒ Youmans’ prose is still dazzling and joyful, repeating the profound Biblical metaphor that darkness often brings further illumination to the light.

For the whole review, go HERE.

Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
Find him at hicks-jenkins.com


SEREN OF THE WILDWOOD

The poem has been typeset, two of three requested blurb comments are already in, and I need to make a list of places that or people who might be interested in reviewing for Wiseblood Books. Clive Hicks-Jenkins will be at work on the illumination this fall. They typeset version looks highly symmetrical and handsome, as each little section is blank verse followed by bob-and-wheel.

OTHER WORDISH NEWS

Poems are coming out here and there... 

I've agreed to be on the judging panel for a national poetry award. And that's a bit insane, as life is overly busy already. But I should learn a thing or two.

And there's this splashy event: Makoto Fujimura's latest book, Art and Faith, was an inspiration for Holy Ground, premiered recently at our own Glimmerglass Opera, and I was invited by Mako to the pre-opera picnic and premier. It's always lovely to see him, but I also got to meet his new wife, Haejin Shim Fujimura (co-founder of Embers International), as well as Holy Ground's librettist Lila Palmer and composer Damien Geter, and Lila's composer husband Josh Palmer. 

The other side of the table...
Damien Geter, Lila Palmer, Makoto Fujimura

2 comments:

  1. On the judging panel you may wreak havoc on all the poets you believe to be overrated. OK, OK. it isn't something you may announce to the world at large but push for a blind ballot. And keep a straight face when the results are read out.

    Best of all employ what you've done as subject for a poem of your own - the more obscure form (Villanelle, Sestina, Rondeau, etc) the better.

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    1. We can't see who they are! And I have not recognized anyone so far.... We just winnow down to 8-12, so we three not responsible for final choices.

      Sorry I have been so busy--I need to find more small bits of time to fly by Tone Deaf, that is certain.

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