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Marly Youmans / The Palace at 2:00 a.m. / poems, stories, novels

Seek Giacometti’s “The Palace at 4 a.m.” Go back two hours. See towers and curtain walls of matchsticks, marble, marbles, light, cloud at stasis. Walk in. The beggar queen is dreaming on her throne of words…You have arrived at the web home of Mar

Updated: 2018-04-22T03:00:58.877-04:00


The rage against tips!


An interior illuminationby Clive Hicks-Jenkinsfor my long-poem and epic adventure,Thaliad (Phoenicia Publishing)Amazon reviews: paperbackHardcover only here Why on earth do I sometimes fiddle around an answer a question on Quora when I could and probably should do a blog post? Who knows? Here's a Quora question I answered a moment ago, perhaps partly because I'm in a good mood and just wrote a

Family memories


Not the right movie, but the image will do--1959, Castle's The Tingler with Vincent Price. I've been sorting through boxes of papers, tossing much and often stopping to laugh at some child's drawing or my own notes on a past conversation or an old letter. Here's a note with Nate, my third child, age 5, dated 24 September, 2002. He's almost 21, so I guess that I can quit referring to him as

The Prince of Egypt and the Sphinx


"The Prince of Egypt and the Sphinx" is up today at Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, where you can read poems, share, like--and where you can also find some other poems by me: "I Met My True Love Walking," "Epistle to F. D.," "Icarus, Icarus, Paratrooper," and "Landscape with Icefall." Thank you to editor Christine Klocek-Lim. Christine Klocek-Lim shared Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY's 



Matt Haig ‏ Verified account @matthaig1 Mar 29 More Be nice if one day people realised writing fiction was as hard as other art forms. No celebrity says, hey, I'll write a piano quartet for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, or I'll join Cirque du Soleil. Always 'I'll write a novel'. *  ** *** * Tweet of the day. ** Little pleasures of the obscure mid-list writer. *** “Only if

Fiddling with Water


By Source, Fair use, I've never tried screen-writing (probably poems, stories, novels, and some nonfiction are quite enough), but a movie often makes me think about how I would write its story differently, even when it is hung with glittering nominations and awards. For example, The Shape of Water was a stylish, often ravishing-looking piece

The Minnie Youmans Place


From "19th-century farmhouse, Lexsy" by Brian Brown. This is grander than my grandparents' house, but it is in Lexsy--my grandmother Kate once had a fistfight with another woman in Lexsy, back when she lived there for a time. Evidently Kate "Little Bear" was defending one of the children... I am hoping Brian will not mind if I "borrow" his image, as he once borrowed from one of my posts to

Melt, you snows, melt!


Nor'easters dumping feet of snow, multiple family ER visits, care for the laid-up, busyness to the Nth power: it has been a monster of a Lent so far. In lieu of a proper post, here's a snip from Glimmerglass, a story about the rebirth of a woman in mid-life, Cynthia Sorrel, who thinks of herself as a failed painter, and set in a version of that semi-mythical village, Cooperstown. Ghosts! Faux

The Buddha, wondering...


Order by March 20 for a discounted price--one for yourself, some for friends! 92 pgs, 6" x 9", paperback,  publication date March 18, 2018  Preorder price $13.50 US (reg $14.95) Phoenicia Publishing (Montreal) has announced the forthcoming publication of Luisa Igloria's next book. I'm glad the news is out and, as I feel warmly


Whelk by Elizabeth Adams. 12" x 10", $150 Elizabeth Adams has a newish art site with portfolio of drawings, watercolors, pastels, oils, acrylics, prints, and drawings. Still life, landscape (Iceland, Vermont, Quebec, New Zealand), and figurative work... Much of the work is for sale, and at reasonable prices. You can also check out her small, lovely publishing company, Phoenicia, and her

Proverbial snows


Illumination by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Village scene for Thaliad (Phoenicia Publishing) Everything feels  semi-proverbial this morning--the snow, the glass of water, the tea, the memories of the day before... The world went to all the trouble to summon up a warm wind for some hours yesterday and melt the snow heaps. Evidently that was in order to make a more lovely snowfall today.

Idle post, with squirrels


Photo by H. Dominque Abed, The Squirrels have won the Battle between the Squirrels and the Cardinals and their allies the Juncos. They have wrested the roof from the expensive, supposedly indestructible magic house, and have shaken all the seeds from the other feeder. The snow is black with seeds, and the roly-poly squirrels have dashed homeward. Their fur is shiny, their tails are lush

A. I. (After Internet)


     Out for dinner with another writer, I said, "I think I've forgotten how to read."      "Yes!" he replied, pointing his knife. "Everybody has."      "No, really," I said. "I mean I actually can't do it any more."       He nodded: "Nobody can read like they used to. But nobody wants to talk about it."           --Michael Harris, "I have forgotten how to read," Globe and Mail Going on a

Ash Valentine


Here's an ashy Valentine in honor of the conjunction of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day... an unusual marriage. It's an illumination by Clive Hicks-Jenkins from Thaliad (Montreal: Phoenicia Press, 2012.)

A symbolic world and the children who played at slaughtering


Gold guilder of Mainz elector archbishop John II of Nassau (minted around 1400 in Höchst) Wikipedia A rather  peculiar post in honor of Shrove Tuesday For various reasons--most of them deadlines--I have not been reading as much as usual this year. One thing I have been slowly reading is the Jack Zipes translation of the original collection by the Brothers Grimm. Many of these stories would

Fairy stories


Adrienne Ségur illustration for "Prince Ivan, the InfantOgres, and the Little Sister of the Sun,"from The Snow Queen and Other Stories, an over-sized Golden Book I loved as a child.Still do! I've neglected the blog because I was busy polishing a novel--and still am neglecting it because I am cutting (ouch!) a certain long manuscript of poems for publication later this year. (It will be



Thalia, by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, from my post-apocalyptic adventure in blank verse, Thaliad (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing, 2012) Clive is the answer to one of the questions below. I am busy scouring a novel and so offer a few Quora doodles in lieu of a proper post. These were written in little corners of time and often constitute a break from something larger--or you might say that they

A few more leafy heads--


I was under the impression that The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza Press) second printing was entirely cleaned out, but you can order a heavily discounted copy today: £2.00 instead of £15.00. Illuminations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.

New poems at Mezzo Cammin


Three newish poems online at the polar bear issue! Bites from the openings: Melville at Mooring So frail and nearly mad, too old for seas, Recalling Greylock like a cresting wave, and Zodiac One of them is wandering with Bartram, Tasting breast-of-heron, vision shaken and Family Storybook: Peter Rabbit In the yard with the thrum of hummingbirds, With zinnias rioting from coffee cans, I

Books for young boys who read at a high level


Updated January 24 I made this list for the son of friends--he is 8 and already reading young adult books, long past Lewis's Narnia and Rowling's Potter. A request for titles included asking for some suggestions of books from earlier eras, so there are quite a few older books.  Please add your own thoughts about books you loved as a boy or girl in the comments. You might think also do



Brazilian photographer André Rainaud of Vitória, Espírito Santo For the curious who must know and for the curious who are merely idle, well, I am barely back from a nine-day trip to North Carolina--all five of us shut up in a Tundra truck for 1800 miles round trip! And we survived and had no fights and no burst pipes at home, so that is lovely. I have plunged back into frigid Cooperstown life



#EpiphanyChapel  #WinchesterCathedral  #PeterOrr

Twelfth Night, with poems online


"Murmurs of the Crones in Hackmatack" and "Cronesong" are up at The Orchards Poetry Journal. Catherine Chandler, Philip Quinlan, Corey Mesler, Kevin Durkin, Andrew Frisardi, and more are included.

Resolves and best-laid plans, 2018


Janusz Hylinski at Last year was a year of much travel for me--three trips from Cooperstown to western North Carolina, one long stay in Worcester, Massachusetts at the American Antiquarian Society, a trip to Paris, and a trip to Japan. This year will also have some travel, but I mean to make better use of time when I am at home. As I have a husband and three children plus lots of

Some books I read, 2017


Selected Reads and Rereads I'm not sure how much of a picture this gives of my reading, since a great deal of it is piecemeal (especially with poetry) and not shown here. But it is a part-picture of a ramble through the year. And you can probably puzzle out something or other about my current manuscript by a study of these books. Currently I'm reading some MacFarlane, some Denis Johnson, and

Bontasaurus poetry assemblage & more


Dave Bonta's second annual list of poetry books of the year is up, each chosen by a different writer: Just like last year, I thought I’d put out a call to poetry readers to contribute to a favorite poetry books list that doesn’t pay much heed to critical fashions or even date of publication. I asked people to try to select a single favorite book, which I realize is a tough assignment… and not