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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: 2017-11-18T22:49:45.087-05:00

 



Clive and Glimmerglass

2017-11-11T22:38:50.320-05:00

Hop to the U.K.  for  A Book a Day in Hay  with Clive Hicks-Jenkins (my jewel-minded Illuminator)  on Glimmerglass. Thank you to Clive and A Book a Day in Hay!



Reads of the moment

2017-11-10T08:30:27.953-05:00

Camille Paglia, Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to Star Wars. (New York: Pantheon Books.) I read this aloud to my husband on our drive to my mother's house in western North Carolina in October and finished it up on the way back to our home in upstate New York. Some of her speculations are of the very sheerest, but it's a great read-aloud if you love art and don't care for



Requiescat in pace, redux

2017-11-06T09:42:23.559-05:00

How terrible that there are people who hate their lives so much that they hate existence itself and want to destroy it. Recent events keep telling us this thorny piece of news. We know that we can do something about tightening up licensing paperwork and getting rid of gun features that simply shouldn't be used by hunters or anyone who is not an active soldier. Discussion about such things is



Hot Buttons in the Arts

2017-11-03T13:40:08.984-04:00

Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Christmas at Camelot, study for a screen-print, 2016. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight series. No undead Nobels! The lesson of history is that most writers, however celebrated they might have been in their own time, are quickly forgotten. --Samuel Johnson The latest flap about the Nobel prize in literature is Daphne Williams-Fox's effort to have the Nobel prize awarded



Short thoughts

2017-10-30T10:48:41.305-04:00

Cherokee black ware by Joel Queen. Collection of potters Joan Byrd and George Rector. Bardo Center, Western Carolina University Thanks to Michael for the phone snaps! Jiggedy-jig Michael and I are in New York again after fifteen days in North and South Carolina (Cullowhee and Aiken, where I was born), in which we hiked, stared at art and scenery, visited my mother, feasted, and set a few



Handful of memories

2017-10-13T00:12:16.079-04:00

Here's a peek at my recent travels--gardens, temples, castles, museums, and infinite Japanese pickles in Tokyo, Kyoto, Gero, and Sado Island. Sumimasen onegaishimasu, it seems I am inflicting a few images from my zillions of photographs on you... detail, a Chinese-style gate Baby octopi, Nishiki Market, Kyoto hidden bridge Matcha ice cream after octopus balls at the festival




2017-10-04T01:09:33.864-04:00

Back in the states... More to come soon.



Listening to the visual

2017-09-12T11:49:54.196-04:00

I'm going on something of a computer fast (for a reason that I'll talk about later) till near the end of this month.... Feel free to leave me a note; I will answer eventually! I also have some new book news that I may be able to talk about soon. I have a good many friends who are painters, and a number of them live in the space that looks as if it exists after photography and its



Art that says life matters

2017-09-09T08:56:04.395-04:00

See this and more photographs of Juliette Aristides at The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier post about a 2012 workshop with the artist. This year, the affliction of perpetual curiosity has sent me to podcasts related to the return to classical realism (or whatever you wish to call it) in painting. Perhaps because I have a lot of friends who are painters, perhaps because I'm always aware of



What survives

2017-09-01T10:10:01.328-04:00

Ramesses II The only thing that ever survives from a culture is its arts. Political power is transient. Political power is nothing. It will vanish.  The most powerful man in the world is nobody. The only way we remember any of the powerful men of the world is the way they were captured by artists, often anonymous artists in ancient Egypt and Rome. The bequest of any civilization and the test



Powers of language in shadowy times

2017-08-31T09:22:32.672-04:00

St. Elijah's Monastery near Mosul, Iraq, constructed in the late 6th century, obliterated in the 21st century Each of us is in contact with so many people via Facebook, twitter, the comments under online articles, and and so on, and I've felt burdened of late by certain dominant, humorless tendencies online. What if we tried to take a world that is slantdicular and often evil--something we



Linkfest: some poems online

2017-08-17T17:29:50.802-04:00

Images from three in-print poetry books--The Throne of Psyche,Thaliad, and The Foliate Head.All art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. I have added about 150 links to poems online on the stories-and-poems page. Some are poems or excerpts from published books--Claire (LSU), The Throne of Psyche (Mercer), The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza), and Thaliad (Montreal: Phoenicia)--and others are from future books,



Larking at the Clark

2017-07-17T12:23:55.801-04:00

https://www.marlboromusic.org/visit/clark-art-institute/ Michael and I had a glorious 30th anniversary celebration over the weekend in Williamstown, MA. Two days at the ever-fabulous Clark Art Institute, feasting at Coyote Flaco etc., lots of walks around Williamstown. (If you go and are of a literary bent, St. John's has a splendid Bunyan "Pilgrim's Progress" window, and there are fabulous



Marly at Porter Street

2017-07-12T22:59:06.994-04:00

Big thanks to Chris Phillips for featuring "The Wrexham Coverlet" and "At the Fall in Borderlands" (published in the current issue of John Wilson's new Education and Culture) on his podcast, Word from Porter Street (#4 new series.) I'm at 2:45, but listen to the whole thing; it's a quick 15 minutes. Jump just HERE. 



Summer sampler, part two

2017-07-11T10:26:59.612-04:00

Named as one of their Favorite Books of 2015 at Books and Culture Magazine, Maze of Blood  (Mercer University Press, 2015), is a visceral shot to the senses and a fine filament tugging at the imagination that examines the results of thwarted dreams and desires in the life of a young writer. Set in rural Texas in the 1930’s, Marly Youmans uses language as both scalpel and wand to conjure a place



Summer sampler, part one

2017-07-05T06:00:21.871-04:00

"Its themes and the power of its language, the forceful flow of its storyline and its characters have earned the right to a broad national audience."30 July 2012 John M. Formy-Duval.About.com Contemporary Literature excerpt mid-way in Chapter 10, A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. Pip runs away again, and this time he thinks to take Clemmie and her baby. * * * Stillness had come over



Conundrums of art

2017-06-27T18:52:47.336-04:00

In between graduation parties and company and weeding the riot of summer and tidying the hovel and hanging out with the godly (the ones we now call Puritans), I've noticed a few things that seem good for those attracted by the arts. Creative economy podcast A lot of this tends toward the usual depressing stuff about the inability of the arts in our day to feed and clothe 99% of its practitioners



Poems: new online

2017-06-11T13:35:21.460-04:00

I've just arrived back from more than a week at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. As but an Alternate Fellow, I was pleased and grateful to be invited. Meanwhile, some print magazines with my poems arrived, and a few poems popped up in online magazines. Here are links to the online poems at John Wilson's Education and Culture and Karen Kelsay and Jeff Holt's



To make or not to make--

2017-05-27T11:27:06.518-04:00

This post is especially for Tim Davis, a retired professor who often visits here, and who just wrote a post about why writers write. He also linked to a Huffington Post article about the same. I started to answer him on his post and then realized my response was not a comment but a post itself and probably could be a book, though luckily I have no desire to write a book about the subject. Out



Distractible me

2017-05-29T13:05:38.935-04:00

Clive Hicks-Jenkins, My Dream Farm When I could have been doing research or cleaning the house or writing something more sensible, I have been seized by the possibly-silly impulse to quorate. And as both my current forays into Quora deal with collaborator Clive Hicks-Jenkins, I shall post links to my answers. Who is your favorite illustrator? and If you had to live inside a painting forever



Rollipokin'

2017-05-24T18:18:10.236-04:00

The Rollipoke News no. 3 is now out! If you're a subscriber to my newsletter, please check your spam if you do not see a copy.... (And if you wish to subscribe, leave your email address in the Rollipoke subscription slot in the right-hand column.)



Tabago!

2017-05-20T17:09:10.167-04:00

Novelist and poet Seb Doubinsky (he writes in both French and English) has a new project he calls "The Tabago Page." Interviews with writers will not focus on marketing and promotion but try to dig a little deeper into the work and the novelist or poet (or the poet-novelist or novelist-poet. Not sure what I am!) Here is my interview. And thanks to those who have already shared on social



Clive Hicks-Jenkins and Sarah Raphael-Balme at Lotte Inch, York

2017-05-18T21:21:34.925-04:00

CLIVE HICKS-JENKINS & SARAH RAPHAEL-BALME THE MIND'S EYE 12th May 2017 - 17th June 2017 "Featuring the weird and wonderful, the imagined and the exaggerated, with prints and original paintings by artist, illustrator and designer Clive Hicks-Jenkins and York based painter Sarah Raphael-Balme." As you can see, original art from Maze of Blood is among the offerings. (The book was Finalist,



Spirit-fall

2017-05-05T03:02:57.052-04:00

"Spirit-fall," a poem influenced by Yoruban chant and ancient Hebrew poetry. Originally published by editor Jonathan Farmer in "At Length." Part of a longer sequence. I made the recording using Audacity, and Paul Digby tinkered with the sound afterward. Illuvia dorado Photo courtesy of Ignacio Leonardi and sxc.hu



"tremendous beauty and continuous revelation"

2017-05-04T22:25:35.624-04:00

"Exploring the Psychology of Creativity" (click for the video.) Below are some quotes from a conversation between Marc Mayer, Director of The National Gallery of Canada, and Dr. Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. March 9, 2017. I liked the video; you might also. Peterson has a Jungian perspective, and he leaves room for the dignity and freedom of human beings