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Preview: The Palace at 2:00 a.m.

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: 2018-01-22T07:09:21.641-05:00


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 20 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

St. Stephen's Day, Wren Day, the 2nd Day of Christmas


Carlo Crivelli's St. Stephen, 1476The Demidoff AltarpieceNational Gallery, LondonRead about it here Jack Yeats, "Wren Boys"Source: @LissadellHouse, twitterRead about The Hunting of the Wren here

On the first day of Christmas


Clive Hicks-Jenkins, "The Armouring of Gawain," 2017 Silkscreen in collaboration with Daniel Bugg, Penfold Press Last year this print was a Christmas present (highly appropriate because "Gawain" is a winter's tale, a Christmas story), and this year my husband and I framed art from Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Beth Adams, Ruth Sanderson, and our Japan trip in time for Christmas. "The Armouring of

Christmas card


from "The Snow Queen" in The Snow Queenand Other stories--an oversize Golden Book with illustrations by Adrienne Segur I pored over my copy of The Snow Queen and Other Stories when I was a small child as blonde and blue-eyed as an Adrienne Segur character. Later little gold crowns ringed my pupils and my eyes turned green. My hair would darken. Back then I had a deep love for Segur's

Happy 25th, Bright Hill!


Saturday, December 16th will bring a celebration of Bright Hill Literary Center and Press in Treadwell, New York. Founded by writer Bertha Rogers in the upper Catskills, the center is now 25 years old and promises to be overrun with poets and story makers all afternoon! Please come if you're in the area. And there will be a reading to accompany a Bright Hill anthology launch. I'll be the

St. Lucy's Day lights--


Saint Lucy (Lucia) of Syracuse as portrayed by art student Mary MacArthur of the Catholic Illustrator's Guild--she did this piece in a figure drawing class (and made a few additions) back in 2010. I had never heard of the CIG before this, but as I love Fra Angelico, I like their motto: Fra Angelico ora pro nobis. Instead of presenting St. Lucy's eyes on a gold plate, Mary MacArthur gives us

The Seven Secrets Issue


The Rollipoke News, no. 5 is out today. And is jammed and crammed with secrets. I promised secrets to subscribers, and here they are. Enjoy, those of you who subscribe! (If you feel left out would like to subscribe, look at the right-hand column, near the top, for a Rollipoke sign-up.) Most of the art above is by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. The camellia photo was taken by Mary Beth Kosowski. Thanks

Phoenicia Publishing holiday newsletter and sale


Beautiful December newsletter--take a look and think about supporting a fine small press founded by Beth Adams. Small publishers need your love, your encouragement, and your financial support (that's a vote in favor of continued life for a small press) to do what they are doing. One-week holiday sale. I've pilfered a copy for anyone who might not be lucky enough to find one in their email or see

Manuscript critique


Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash Who will read my manuscript? This little gang of editors and writers was formed especially for the people who write and ask me to critique their manuscripts, and for those who ask for recommendations on how to find an editor. I have done some manuscript critiques for others (particularly friends-of-friends and locals) in the past but don't have time to do that



I've been a mite busy with birthdays, Thanksgiving, and deadlines... Still am tilting crazily against some deadlines. And so this is just to let you know that Maze of Blood is again on sale at Amazon for a mere ten bucks. Don't know if it'll last--it didn't, the prior time.

Clive and Glimmerglass


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Listening to the visual


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