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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: 2017-08-22T01:58:14.716-04:00



I am taking a break from blogging because of deadlines and personal commitments.

Linkfest: some poems online


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 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


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


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


"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. 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


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


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--


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


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



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.)



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


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," 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

"tremendous beauty and continuous revelation"


"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

Curiouser and curiouser


The fabulous Miss Yo-Yo! I've written seven pieces so far for a collaborative project that will result in a solo show in September, one that mixes visual arts (pen and ink, with colored inks) with poems and stories. Though I can't say anything much about it in public now--because we all love good surprises, and I can't spoil this one--I will be writing about it more privately in The



Yellow-blue morning Four male and three female goldfinches perched on the feeder, backed by a lawn that is a low meadow in shades of blue scilla and a few yellow crocuses. Plus a persistent squirrel. I am recalling my father's electrifying squirrel-defenses.... More on my wanderings, for the curious or downright nosey-- Grovewood Gallery by Grove Park Inn After I returned from Paris, I

"Lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life"


Moreau's Jason and Medea, Musée d'Orsay, Wikipedia public domain It's a bit odd that I made it to Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu before I ever made it to Paris but so it is. Here are a few scattered thoughts about my just-finished trip, which was quite wonderful and not at all like Lent (aside from sore knees and seeing many skulls and bones and rambling in the chilly rain.) What is so alluring



Learning curve: just sent a Rollipoke News out today... And got a bunch of replies. And then replied to one to absolutely everybody enrolled. Sorry out there!



I'm fresh back from Paris and promise to post soon--hope you have done something wonderful in the past week!

Small hurrah on Shrove Tuesday


Yesterday I finished the draft of a novel. For me, it is quite long--358 pages of text, plus the usual front matter and divisions. And it has a glossary. I'm not sure whether I'll include the glossary. It glosses dialect words and clears up some common misconceptions. Maybe I'll just post it.... I'll take a break from the manuscript, and then start to revise it and also do some  persnickety

The Rollipoke News, no. 1


Courtesy of Jenny W. of Honolulu, For those of you who are waiting with the bated kind of breath: the first issue of The Rollipoke (a.k.a. The Rollipoke News, The Rollicking Rollipoke, etc.) will be launched into the interspace tomorrow. And I hope you enjoy the peculiar little newsletter that promises to give you the news about my books and doings before anybody else has it--news



Don't be a nozzle! Tiny Equus africanus asinus Creative Commons Wikipedia Note: It seems to me that Roderick Robinson's comments are more interesting than the post. So maybe you should read them! I've been researching such interesting topics as  total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace and so on, hanging with Calvin and the reformed tradition, hanging

Elecampane and pippin-pap


Public domain, Wikipedia. Doman Hering: Judgement of Paris, c. 1529, Solnhofen limestone, 22 x 19.7 cm; Paris (the knight) is a portrait of Otto Henry, Elector Palatine, Hera a portrait of his wife Susanna. Bode-Museum Berlin. Well, it's not the admirable and most famous Snail Water, but it might come in handy on these cold winter nights... An approved Conserve for a Cough or



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