Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Friday, September 30, 2016

DEAR U.K. RESIDENTS

Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, publisher of my forthcoming THE OPPOSITE OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA: Prime's Anti-Autobiography, has instituted a "Subscription Scheme" for U.K. residents.  The "scheme" (I love that) is HERE, but I replicate below for convenience:

KFS SUBSCRIBER SERVICE
for books published between 2016 and 2017
EXCLUSIVE TO UK RESIDENTS
£50
Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £50, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Alison Gibb
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willie
£100
Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £100, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Rob Burton
Nikki Dudley
Alison Gibb
Jesse Glass
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Ira Lightman
Bruno Neiva
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willey

Thursday, September 29, 2016

LOOKING LOVELY (I THINK) IN ROMANIAN!


I appreciate this unique "Book Day" defined as when one receives Author Copies. Here I am in Romanian(!) with my new book

I FORGOT ARS POETICA / AM UITAT ARTA POETICA

as translated by Roxana Doncu, Teodor Panait, Elena Ţăpean, Gabriela Apetrei, and Iulia Andreea Anghel from university of Bucharest. THANK YOU!

Let’s see: there are three Romanian speakers at my doctor’s office. Critic T.C. Marshall’s son speaks Romanian due to Peace Corps background. And that’s it for my Romanian marketing--unless you know someone! Fortunately, the English remains in the book and, with these 25 poems, serve as a de facto “Selected-as-chosen-when-my-back-is-up-against-the wall”. So if that interests the rest of you, it just became available on Amazon! The retail price there is $19.00 but if you let me know by email (Galateaten at aol dot com), you can have one of my Author Copies for $15, free domestic shipping and signed.

Those Romanian stamps are lovely ...


Do pass the word on to your Romanian-speaking or Romanian friends!!




Monday, September 26, 2016

BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2016


I'm pleased to be part of Lantern Review's celebration of BANNED BOOKS WEEK. Go to link to see what I and others suggest. For me, there was no clearer suggestion than PINOY POETICS, edited by Nick Carbó. Do check out others over at Lantern Review. Thanks to the editors for asking me -- my suggestion is part of quite an interesting list featured HERE.



Friday, September 23, 2016

MARSH HAWK REVIEW, FALL 2016

I'm delighted to announce the release of the Fall 2016 issue of Marsh Hawk Review which I had the pleasure of guest-editing. You can go to the issue (and archive) over HERE.  The Fall 2016 issue presents the following poets -- thanks for sharing their poems!
Jonel Abellanosa
Kimberly Alidio
William Allegrezza
Urvashi Bahuguna
Tom Beckett
James Berger
John Bloomberg-Rissman
Karen Jane Cannon
Geneva Chao
M.A. Fink
Thomas Fink and Maya D. Mason
Ralph Semino Galan
Aileen Ibardaloza
Luisa A. Igloria
Mary Kasimor
Burt Kimmelman
Iris Lee
Susan Lewis
Mary Mackey
Sandy McIntosh
Stephen Paul Miller
Daniel Morris
Valerie Morton
Robert Murphy
Rene Navarro
George Quasha
Marthe Reed
Jared Schickling
Barry Schwabsky
Eileen R. Tabios
Susan Terris
Madeline Tiger
Jean Vengua
Mark Young
Ali Znaidi



Thursday, September 22, 2016

I REMEMBER THIS I FORGOT POEM


One of my poems from The Connoisseur of Alleys is featured in the new issue of OurOwnVoice entitled

     the relational elations of ORPHANED ALGEBRA

Yes, I have a book (with j/j/ hastain) with that same title --  the newer poem is a combined reading and remix of the book ...

... because I (and perhaps the boy in the above cover) didn't want to forget.

The poem begins:
[1]I forgot other boys like Samuel and Elwin whose bones became transparent…. I forgot imagination cannot alchemize air into protein…. I forgot an ascetic’s illusion of ecstasy will always be illusion due to its condition precedent: a suffering so unmitigated it hollowed non-survivors from children to earthworms…. I forgot no one else noticing the diminishing moon’s tiptoe across the night sky…. I forgot the lucidity of ancient mountains…. I forgot staring at a photograph of a baby with belly larger than head and later arguing with my math teacher, “Two negatives do not equal a positive!” I forgot broken glass surfacing my first conception of Beauty from the lovely wink of a glass sliver, belying edges and their sharpness…. I forgot the clutter of broken objects manifesting affordable treasures when one owns nothing, or owns only dilemmas over belonging….I forgot the seeking that began without knowing whether one was beginning to stink or sing…. I forgot the differences between desires for father and fodder…. I forgot anthologies of glass.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TEA & TATTERED PAGES!



I always appreciate start-up poetry presses—it’s so idealistic in a lovely way.  Congratulations, then, to Amanda Ngoho Reavey for her enchanting start-up, TEA & TATTERED PAGES

But literary start-ups are also difficult and deserve all the support we can muster. I ordered—and hope you will, too—her first publication, the chap nebulous beginnings & strings by Alicia Cahalane Lewis. She’s got a pre-publication offer going; more info HERE

Speaking of poetry-related purchases, here’s an update on moi Recently Bought Poetry List of books by poets or about poets/poetry. LET'S BUY POETRY!


NEBULOUS BEGINNINGS & STRINGS by Alicia Cahalane Lewis

THE FLY-TRUFFLER, novel by Gustaf Sobin

SELECTED POEMS by Geoffrey Hill

BARTER by Monica Youn

CERTAIN MAGICAL ACTS by Alice Notley

STUDY by Yuko Otomo

COMING TO JAKARTA: A POEM ABOUT TERROR by Peter Dale Scott

RUN TO THE MOUNTAIN: THE JOURNALS OF THOMAS MERTON, Vol. One 1939-1941, Edited by Patrick Hart

SHAKESPEARE: THE INVENTION OF THE HUMAN by Harold Bloom

ALPHABET NOIR by Nico Vassilakis

NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS by Ocean Vuong

AFTER PROJECTS THE RESOUND by Kimberly Alidio

THE GHOST MANADA by Marci Nelligan

TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH by Warsan Shire

HOW TO BUILD THE ANIMAL GLOBE by Eleni Sikelianos

PHANTOM PAINS OF MADNESS by Noelle Kocot

LOCUST GIRL: A LOVESONG (novel) by Merlinda Bobis

LONG LIFE: ESSAYS AND OTHER WRITINGS by Mary Oliver

AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir by Eileen R. Tabios

THE GILDED AGE OF KICKSTARTERS by Eileen R. Tabios

I FORGOT ARS POETICA / AM UITAT ARTA POETICĂ (English/Romanian) by Eileen R. Tabios

EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME by Eileen R. Tabios


Yes, as regards the last four titles, I also include books that I authored. If you want to acquire any of those titles, information on them are on the right-hand column of this blog over available over HERE.






Saturday, September 17, 2016

CALIFORNIA BOOK LAUNCH FOR AMNESIA: SOMEBODY'S MEMOIR

It was an honor to launch AMNESIA: Somebody's Memoir at the LOBA Poetry Reading Series of Mendocino Public Library, curated by poet & librarian Melissa Eleftherion Carr.

I was delighted with the audience feedback. This audience asked for an "ENCORE!" -- a first for me to be asked to read more after the scheduled poetry selection! A Q&A wasn't scheduled but one took place as various audience members were very interested in the concepts underlying AMNESIA (which can be seen HERE).

I was also moved to learn from the poet Michael Riedell who was in the audience that he teaches creative writing to about 32 high school students (part of the California Poets in the Schools Program) and he'd been teaching my poems; the students especially loved, he said, my poem "The Forced Departure." I was so happy to hear that as I rarely hear about my work in academic settings! Last but not least, Michael gave me the anthology Shock Therapy: The Writing Asylum Anthology which features his student poets. One of my other projects, the Sit With Moi / Mini Books on Mini Chairs project, also encouraged the class to make mini-books! Michael would read from his mini-book during the Open Mic that followed my reading. Here are pictures below of the event (click on images to enlarge):



(Melissa sets up the book display)

(High school student and poet Abigail Au with my books)

(Some of the lovely audience)

(Poet-teacher Michael Riedell shows his Mini-Book)

(It was cheery to see Michael flip the pages in his tiny book as 
 he read its poem during the Open Mic)

(Melissa reading a poem during Open Mic)

(Anthology put out by Michael's students)


(The back cover features Michael's creative writing students)



Poetry lovers are often interesting people. In the audience as well was artist Heather Seggel who made a necklace pendant from origami-ed bank statements! Such creativity! She created a symphony in blue ... and I was happy to see it! I'm delighted when my poetry interests other creative folk!