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Member: jhhymas

CollectionsYour library (7,335), Wishlist (1), Favorites (2), All collections (7,333)

Reviews41 reviews

TagsMI (2,061), poetry (1,834), American poetry (1,363), ID (1,110), fiction (525), translation (518), woman poet (498), art (468), art instruction (379), biography (294) — see all tags

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About meLifelong reader, photographer, poet and artist. Crazy bibliophile.

About my libraryArt, art instruction, artist journals, collage, color, monotypes, photography, photographic manipulation, printmaking, quilting, women artists, American West, Native Americans, Pioneers, Pilgrims, travel narratives. Birds, native plants, nature, nature guides. Poetry, haiku, writing poetry, American poetry, poetry in translation.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50 Book Challenge, Art Books, Art is Life, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Bloggers, BookMooching, Ecology and the environment, Japanese Culture, Japanese Literatureshow all groups

Favorite authorsRobert Hass, Bernd Heinrich (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresRediscovered Bookshop


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LocationNorth California, Northwest Michigan, Treasure Valley, Idaho

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/jhhymas (profile)
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Member sinceJul 11, 2006

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I'm a big fan of Robert Hass and Jack Gilbert. I was wondering how you got hold of Kochan? If you know anyone selling a copy, I'd be glad to take it.
Want to try more MI memoirs? See mine at or Amazon. - Tim

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Paris Trout, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


While reading your entry under "books, etc., that caused you to weep(#5)", on the LT group "Art is Life", where you are emotionally impressed by Bach's Saint Matthew Passion, I thought perhaps that you might find the Teaching Company's ( lecture series course "Bach and the High Baroque" even more "edifying." We are going through it (for the 2nd time) right now.
I noticed that we shared the same book, "Japan: The Four Seasons," by Johnny Hymas. Are you related to him? Just curious. I bought the book while I was living over in Japan (1990-1995). I treasure the book. The photos have such feeling to them. I go back to it time and time again - the photos are so fresh and vivid.
Monica Z
Thanks for adding me ... You have a very interesting review of photographs about your mother Olga on Flickr ... I love that. I am not "poetry" very much, maybe I should try ... Have fun.
Thanks for listing Trailer Girl and Other Stories in your collection. I have a new book, a memoir about my uncle who committed suicide after leaving me tapes about his service as an MP in an American stockade in postwar Japan. It was right after Abu Ghraib. Mystery, intrigue, love and even a little play in the middle. You can see the video for it at and excerpts are posted on Critical Mass, the National Book Critic Circle's blog.

Terese Svoboda
Hello again!

Okay ... so you want a poem, huh? Here are two fairly recent poems, chosen more or less randomly. :)

Photograph of Nabokov

Ithaca, New York, 1958 –
short pants, long socks, beret,
carrying in his hand
an oversized fishing net.
There is a shallow creek
in front of the photographer
and in it is the reflection
of the old man, slighty
stooped, fragile, yet somehow
menacing, looking almost like
latter-day William S. Burroughs.
But what strikes me most is
the way the net seems too large
for the creek, like whatever
he’s fishing for is more likely
to be found further downstream,
away from the camera, where
the waters are deeper,
where he can bend his back,
push that net way down in
the current, drag whatever’s
to be found there, to the surface.

False Starts

The birds have
already begun
their morning
song and I
haven’t yet
been to sleep –
the night
a series of false
starts, like
the many journals
I’ve kept over
the years –
one after another
before anything
was ever
We have 5 books in common. :)
Hi June, we currently overlap with two books! But that's because I've only typed in three (well, 60). We've only just begun...
I'm so glad you joined "Art is Life." Feel free to start a new topic if none appeals to you now. New blood is always appreciated!
Discovering that your catalogue shares Red Pine's "Poems of the Masters", I then explored and discovered your connection to "Three Women Three Renga Three", and wonder if a copy is available i.e. something I might order/buy. It was exciting to note your involvement with renga, as I'm currently "linked" with two other women friends in our third 36-kazen renku. We're doing this because one of us has moved overseas, we exchange emails about what we're reading, and our interest in haiku, Japanese and Chinese poetry generally, led to our maintaining our connection ("Old Friends from Far Away", you might say) with our renga. If a copy (or copies) is/are available I would like to purchase three copies and send to the two others. By the way, one of the other two has just won a non-fiction prize in a Canadian literary journal for a haibun she wrote.
Yes, I have recently seen a huge exhibit of his work in the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (I live in San Antonio). It was pretty overwhelming. I always admired artists who are "free" with their vision.
I'm currently an art teacher and am looking at retirement in the very near future so you can see my love of art and arty books.
I see you have several books on my favorite artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. I, on the other hand, have none. I will have to correct that in the near future.
Nice collection.
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