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.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

NORTH FORK SHOWCASE OF FILIPINO-PILIPINZ ART

If I ever won Lotto, I'd never buy a Picasso, Van Gogh or Amorsolo. I believe in supporting the art(ists) of one's time. While I've tried to do that, a subset of those activities has been bringing to my home art by Filipino-Pilipinx artists. The best part of unpacking from years of storage has been the ability to re-feature the works at home in a more organized way. So I decided to do a Filipino-Pilipinx gallery. It's not open to the public, but I plan for it to have a meaningful online presence based on engagements/discourse with the art.
What I've learned over the years is the relative paucity of engagements over artworks--both visual and poetry (with the latter, I attempted to redress it through Galatea Resurrects)--by those at the forefront of the arts practice. And now, I'm pleased to release
NORTH FORK ARTS PROJECTS
Showcasing Filipino-Pilipinz Artists
I inaugurate the online presence with engagements of art by Marissa Sean Cruz, Patrick Rosal, John Patrick McKenzie, Emmy Catedral, Eliza Barrios, V.C. Igarta, and Melissa Nolledo. In some cases, I update already written material; others are new for this site. I hope you check it out (more material to be added over time) ... and may this cause you to further support Filipino-Pilipinx artists -- they are doing wonderful and meaningful work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

"CLOUDYGENOUS"

I'm really in the space of an installation project named "Cloudygenous", which also is a word I'd invented for Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene. You invent a word, and then you create physical embodiments -- that, too, is poetry. Here are some excerpt-images. The last image presents part of the installation when it happened to hang in front of Jenifer Wofford's "FALLING NURSE"--it's a nifty happenstance juxtaposition when interrogating "cloud" as defined historically and now its relationship to virtual reality. Yes, as ever, I'm also interrogating English.







Sunday, August 12, 2018

REVIEW OF EVIDENCE OF FETUS DIVERSITY


I'm grateful to Neil Leadbeater for reviewing my first edited anthology in 2018, EVIDENCE OF FETUS DIVERSITY. You can see the review HERE at Galatea Resurrects, but here's an excerpt:
"What is so immediately striking about it is the freshness of the writing – you can sense the anger before the ink has dried on the page – and the variety of styles in which the contributors put across their views. There are long and short poems, the short ones being made up almost exclusively of the “banned” words. Each in their own way offer up a tightly-constructed argument."

THE FUTURE FOR GALATEA RESURRECTS

Heads up! GALATEA RESURRECTS will take a break at the end of this year and hopefully return in Fall 2019. As there's just 4-5 months left in the year, you may want to write and send your review in the next few months as GR may not open up again until Sept or October 2019. Thanks as ever for your interest and support.


Any reviews sent before the 20th of this month can appear in the (next or) August edition.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

HAY(NA)KU'S 19-POET EXHIBITION AT SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY!!!


I’m so pleased to share San Francisco Public Library's announcement of the 19-Poet Hay(na)ku Exhibition--click on link! It opens August 25 and goes through December 6, 2018.

Featured poets are

William Allegrezza
Gabriela Pascual Bautista
Tom Beckett

Charles Bernstein

Paul Cassinetto

Melinda Luisa De Jesus

Carol Dorf

Peg Duthie

Vince Gotera

Crag Hill

Kathleen A. Lawrence

Lani T. Montreal

Cesar Polvorosa, Jr.

Zvi A. Sesling

S. Shaw

Eileen R. Tabios

Glynda “G.T.” Velasco

Jean Vengua

Mark Young

I thank these poets -- and all the poets worldwide -- who've been interested in using this form in their own practice.


Of course, if you attend the Sept. 8, 2018 Hayna)ku 15th-Year Anniversary Celebration, you also can walk over to check out the exhibit at that time!


Monday, August 6, 2018

BECAUSE POETRY'S NOT ALIEN TO ME...


'Twas a busy recent period for writing blurbs. Here's 3 of the 4 I wrote in past month or so:

ROSWELL by Judith Roitman

Judith Roitman’s Roswell makes me wonder whether it’s possible for humans to engage aliens without the former humanizing the latter. The poems, after all, claim “surviving alien remembers its descendants,” ”surviving alien remembers nourishment,” and so on as if the human Roitman can inhabit non-earthling point of views. Such may be considered empathy. But for these poems relating to 1947 events to come out in 2018 is also to emphasize how little empathy is displayed today by the U.S. administration for "aliens" of a different sort but within the same species. How far humanity has fallen. These poems accomplish what good poems do: go beyond themselves into other matters as they make the reader think.  
Y'OL by Birhan Keskin, Translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat
"the other calls the one who isn’t there / that’s how magic becomes magic" — there’s no getting around it. To live is to desire, thus, ultimately to anguish. In Y’ol, the world is unstable, even untrustworthy. But this only makes love more important: “the sky i return, return return / return to is you”. Love—defined in these poems through an endless yearning—could have been denied but instead is upheld, even as these poems of fortitude must scorch their pages. The title “Y’ol” means “the road of/towards becoming.” This Y’ol presents the jagged music of metamorphosis and to read these poems is to discern songs made possible only with silence set on fire. 
RIVERRUN by Alan Baker
"on the surface a uniform grey / but in the depths an inner life”—such scaffolds how Alan Baker’s poems run deep, spill wide, and linger to become everlasting song. Here, the river is history and (despite history) hope so that the poems, too, bespeak desire. How can we not be moved, even if the poet cautions about the river: “it isn’t human, it doesn’t care about us”?

Speaking of publications, here's my latest Relished W(h)ines update of recently imbibed books and wines.  As ever, please note that in the Publications section, if you see an asterisk before the title, that means a review copy is available for Galatea Resurrects!  More info on that HERE

PUBLICATIONS
ROSWELL by Judith Roitman (in manuscript; see above blurb)

RIVERRUN by Alan Baker (in manuscript; see above blurb)

Y'OL by Birhan Keskin, Translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat (in manuscript; see above blurb)


UNFINISHED SKETCHES OF A REVOLUTION, poems by Brane Mozetic (MAGNIFICENT. LinkedInPoetry Recommendation (LPR) #284)

WORDS ON EDGE, poems by Michael Leong (fabulous! LPR #283)

FIRST AWAKENINGS: THE EARLY POEMS OF LAURA RIDING (a treat. Important for understanding the achievement of she who renounced poetry)

EARLY EXITS, poems by KB Nemcosky (I love NYC memoirs and KB Nemcosky's is moving, steeped with music, wonderfully-detailed by someone who knows  how to pay attention, and a searing indictment of our times by manifesting Colin Whitehead's posture: "You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid than what is here now.")

ORANGE, poems by Christine Herzer (accomplished and (paradoxically) charming)

LES ECHIQUIERS EFFRONTES, visual poetry by Mark Young (fabulous)

* DEFENSE OF THE IDOL, poems by Omar Caceres, Trans. by Monica De La Torre (awesome!)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY / ANTI-AUTOBIOGRAPHY, poems by Jennifer Bartlett (a powerful read. I much valued this reading)

TWO OR THREE THINGS ABOUT DESIRE, poems by Conchitina Cruz (excellent … and made me think of Sawako Nakayasu …)

COTERIES., poems by Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain (witty, funny and amusing)

TSK OOMPH, visual poetry by Sacha Archer (fabuloso!)

THE PINK HOUSE OF PURPLE YAM PRESERVES & OTHER POEMS by Aileen I. Cassineto
 
MESSAGE, poems by Fernando Pessoa

PRESENCE OF LIFE, poems by Empedocles/Brad Inwood and translated by Eric Hoffman

THE JAGUAR THAT PROWLS OUR DREAMS, poems by Mary Mackey

CHICKEN WHISPERER, poems by Steve Dalachinsky

DOUBLED RADIANCE: POETRY & PROSE OF LI QUINGZHAO, Trans. by Karen An-Hwei Lee

From SOME GIRLS WALK INTO THE COUNTRY THEY ARE FROM, poems by Sawako Nakayasu

MESSAGE, poems by Fernando Pessoa, Trans. by Christopher Foster

SPOKES OF AN UNEVEN WHEEL, poems by Colin Dodds

* JUST LET ME HAVE THIS, poems by Heather Sweeney

* STEREO(TYPE), poems by Jonah Mixon-Webster

* SEA SUMMIT, poems by Yi Lu, Trans. by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

* SOMEONE IS BREATHING, poems by J. Morris

* GHOST OF, poems by Diana Khoi Nguyen

* VIGILANCE IS NO ORCHARD, poems by Hazel White

* CLOSE APART, poems by Robert Cowan

* OIL SPILL, poems by Claire Marie Stancek

*  FEELING UPON ARRIVAL, poems by Saretta Morgan

* SCORCH MARKS, poems by Jon Curley

*THE BLUE HILL, poems by Geoffrey O’Brien

* LEVON HELM, poems by Jason Morris

* ARCHAEOLOGY, poems by Paul Naylor

* HEAVY SUBLIMATION, poems by Leonard Schwartz

* NOT THAT I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING, poems by Elinor Nauen

* DUBIOUS MOON, poems by Lillo Way

* UNTITLED SERIES: LIFE AS IT IS, poems by Norman Fischer

* WHEN THEN, poems by Gerd Stern

*  POCKET GUIDE TO ANOTHER EARTH, poems by Mike Smith

* LIGHT WIND LIGHT LIGHT, poems by Bin Ramke

* THE DRUNKARDS by LM Rivera

*  OF SOME SKY, poems by Joseph Harrington

* THIRSTY BONES, poems by Sarah Lilius

* PALOMA, poems by Jennifer E. Hudgens

* FUCK CANCER POEMS by Michael Grover

* SUBTERRANEAN, poems by Richard Greenfield

* THE MIRRORED SPECTRUM: VERSIONS OF BIDEL, poems by Robin Magowan

* GREEN MIDNIGHT, poems by Stuart Bartow

* THE BUDDHA WONDERS IF SHE IS HAVING A MID-LIFE CRISIS, poems by Luisa A. Igloria

*  THEN & AGAIN, poems by Catherine Stearns

*  WHAT PAIN DOES, poems by Megan D. Henson with photographs by J. Michael Skaggs)

* GARLANDING GREEN, poems by Christine Aikens Wolfe

FIREWORKS, poems by Jules Boykoff

TIME PORTAL, poems by Jai Arun Ravine and Greg Wood

MOTHER MOTHER YOU ARE WHO I LOVE, poems by Aracelis Girmay

REVISING INTO THE RIGHT FORM…HOPEFULLY, poems by Javier Zamora

TRAVELING CLUSTER: POEMS IN ITALY by David Giannini

A MAP AND ONE YEAR, poems by Karen L. George

SOUND RITUALS, poems by Jim Leftwich & Billy Bob Beamer

TRES TRESSS TRISSS TRIEESSS TRIL TRILSSSS: TRANSMUTATIONS OF CESAR VALLEJO, poems by Jim Leftwich

BORROWED DRESS, poems by Cathy Colman

SIGNS OF OUR DISCONTENT, visual poetry by Arnold McBay and Gregory Betts

OUT-OF-OFFICE, chap anthology of poems by Christina Barreiro, Lindsey Hoover, Fatima Lundy, Rupert McCranor, Kayla Park, Chrissy Ramkarran Asiya Wadud, and Rachael Wilson

THE DISPLACED VOICE, poetics by Iman Mersal

TRANSCENDENT TOPOLOGIES: STRUCTURALISM AND VISUAL WRITING by Tom Hibbard

THE PILIPINX RADICAL IMAGINATION READER, poetry, prose and art edited by Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano and Anthony Abulencia Santa Ana

OTOLITHS #49 (Part Two, Visual Poetry), journal edited by Mark Young

AMONG THE NEIGHBORS, history by Dale Smith

REMEMBERING EL CORNO EMPLUMADO / THE PLUMED HORN,  history by Sergio Mondragon with a conversation between Margaret Randall and Edric Mesmer

ALPHABET OF A UNKNOWN CITY by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH by Baseera Khan

I THOUIGHT THIS WOULD by Goksu Kunak

99 NAMES, memoir by Abdellah Taia

BALIKBAYAN: A FILIPINO HOMECOMING, short stories by Michelle Cruz Skinner

MY STRUGGLE, Book Two by Karl Ove Knausgaard

SPOOK STREET, novel by Mick Herron

AGENT IN PLACE, novel by Mark Greaney

THE DECEIVERS, novel by Alex Berenson

END GAME, novel by David Baldacci

THE THIRD VICTIM, novel by Phillip Margolin

THE PEOPLE VS. ALEX CROSS, novel by James Patterson

THE MOSCOW DECEPTION, novel by Karen Robards

HUNTER KILLER:THE WAR WITH CHINA, novel by David Poyer

HOW TO FIND LOVE IN A BOOKSHOP, novel by Veronica Henry

LIVING ON A DOLLAR A DAY: THE LIVES AND FACES OF THE WORLD’S POOR, advocacy by Thomas A. Nazario with photographs by Renee C. Byer


WINES
Vega Reserva Especial (85, 90 and 91)
Vega Reserva Especial (03, 04 and 06)
Vega Reserva Especial (05, 06 and 07)
2000 Quinta do Noval Colheita Tawny
NOVAL 10-Year Tawny
2015 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
2017 Quinta do Noval Unfiltered Late Bottled Port
1994 Croft Vintage
2007 Croft Vintage Port
2012 Quinta da Roeda
2012 Calera de Villiers Pinot Noir Mt. Harlan
NV Krug (release from 1980s)
1973 Krug
2010 Domaine Roulot Meursault Luchets
1999 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles
2004 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet
1993 Jacques Frederic Mugnier Musigny
2002 Domaine A.-F. Gros Richebourg
2001 Weingut Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Beerenauslese Rheingau
2014 Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Chardonnay
2001 Pierre Usseglio Reserve des Deux Freres
1994 Taylor’s Fladgate Port
1995 Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim
2002 Hutton Vale Grenache Mataro Eden Valley
Schramsberg Blanc de Noir
2010 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard
1994 Warre’s port
2014 Storybook Mountain zinfandel NV
2012 Manni Nossing Kerner
2001 Jones Family cabernet NV
2015 Kistler Vine Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley
2010 Clos Mogador Priorat
2014 Davis Estates Viognier
2015 Davis Estates Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Davis Estates Pinot Noir
2015 Davis Estates Cabernet Franc
2012 Davis Estates Zephyr
Michel Gonet champagne
1991 Graham’s vintage port
2016 Spotswoode sauvignon blanc
1989 Calon Segur
1979 Pichon Lalande
1978 Pichon Lalande
1978 Ch. Palmer
1996 Charton et Trebuchet Batard Montrachet
2002 Vincent Girardin Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres
1992 Jadot Le Montrachet




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A POET READS--JULY



As of Jan. 1, I began tracking the following stats on a daily basis:

--how many poems I wrote and/or edited
--how many poems I read
--how many poetry chapbooks and/or books I read
--other media that relates to poetry, e.g. audios and videos

On Facebook, where I post my daily list, my favorite comment was from witty Melinda de Jesus who said, “They’re like a FitBit for poetry…” My daily posts can look like this entry:

1/7/18: Today
I wrote zero poems.
I read 6 poems and 1 poetry book

That’s it. No names, which is why I’m posting below the names of poets whose works I read. I name them, whether I read a single poem or an entire book by them. January's reading is HERE, February's reading is HERE, March's reading is HERE, April's reading is HERE, May's reading is HERE, and June's reading is HERE.

These poets make up July's reading (translators' names also are included):


Glenda Abramson
Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Adonis
Rosa Alcala
Daisy Aldan
Anna Akhmatova
Robert Aklter
Yehuda Amichai
Paul E. Anderson
Breyner Andresen
David Brooks Andrews
Billy T. Antonio
Cesar Aquino
Sacha Archer
William Archila
Beth Ayer
Jose Perez Baduya
Alan Baker
Stanislaw Baranczak
Mary Barnard
Willis Barnstone
Basho
Charles Baudelaire
Michael Beard
Tom Beckett
John M. Bennett
Stephen Berg
Gregory Betts
Yahya Kemal Beyatli
Mary Birnbaum
Chana Bloch
Robert Bly
Jon Boisvert
Catherine Brown
Roy Campbell
Anders Carlson-Wee
Anne Carson
Aileen I. Cassinetto
Albert Casuga
C.P. Cavafy
Clare Cavanagh
Paul Celan
Sumita Chakraborty
Basil Hall Chamberlain
Dorothy Chan
Jill Chan
Kristina Chew
David Chirot
Donte Collins
Martha Collins
Cathy Colman
David Constantine
Judith Copithorne
Kay Cosgrove
Luciana Costea
Robert Creeley
Steve Dalachinsky
Umit Singh Dhuga
Carlos Drummond de Andrade
John F. Deane
Virginia de Arauo
San Juan de la Cruz
Oliver de la Paz
Sophia de Mello
Ian C. Dengler
Emily Dickinson
Linh Dinh
Colin Dodds
Jinque R. Dolojan
Donmay Donayamoora
Carol Dorf
Amanda Earl
Karen Emerich
Empedocles (as trans. by Brad Inwood)
Elaine Equi
Clayton Eshleman
Ruth Fainlight
James E. Falen
Peter Fallon
Michael Farrell
John Felstiner
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Roger Finch
Barry Fogden
Dannis Formento
Peter France
Roger Fry
Robin Fulton
Forrest Gander
Peter Ganick
Jenny George
Danielle Legros Georges
David Giannini
Jesse Glass
Johannes Goransson
Anne Gorrick
Erica Goss
Hugh Grigg
Carolyn Gutierrez-Abangan
David Hadbawnik
Jessica Hagedorn
Michael Hamburger
Benjamin and Barbara Harshaw
Adnan Haydar
Samuel Hazo
Harold G. Henderson
Megan D. Henson
James Hightower
David Hinton
Eric Hoffman
Kai-yu Hsu
Amorak Huey
Langston Hughes
Joanna Trzeciak Huss
Geof Huth
Luisa Igloria
Jenna Jarvis
Patricia Spears Jones
George Kalogeris
Megan Kaminski
J. Kates
John Keats
Birhan Keskin
Andrey Kneller
Marton Koppany
Magnus J. Krynski
Yahia Lababidi
Emmanuel F. Lacaba
Giacomo Leopardi
Mark Lamoreaux
Kathleen A. Lawrence
J.B. Leishman
Janet Lembke
Alexis Levitin
Bernard Lewis
Rosemary Lloyd
Federico Garcia Lorca
Francis C. Macansantos
Mary Mackey
Scott MacLeod
Robert A. Maguire
Stephane Mallarme
Rogelio G. Mangahas
Peter Manson
Arturo Mantecon
Khaled Mattawa
John Mavrogordato
Vladimir Mayakovsky
Arnold McBay
Jim McCrary
Bonnie S. McDougall
Joy McDowell
Daniel Mendelsohn
W.S. Merwin
Czeslaw Milosz
Nancy Mitchell
Lani Montreal
Felix Morisseau-Leroy
Jennifer Moxley
Eileen Myles
Jamie Nagle
Paul E. Nelson
Murat Nemet-Nejat
Antono de Nicolas
John Frederick Nims
John Nist
Elly Nobbs
Gunilla Norris
M.D. Herter Norton
George Oppen
Stephen Owen
Jose Padua
Boris Pasternak
Lydia Pasternak Slater
Victor Penaranda
Craig Santos Perez
M. Nourbese Philip
Carl Phillips
Paul Pines
Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo
Aloy Polintan
Ruby Poltorak
Raina K. Puels
Tao Qian
Fatima Queiroz
Cristina Querrer
Justin Quinn
Kenneth Rexroth
Kylan Rice
Rainer Maria Rilke
Robin Robertson
Al Robles
Tony Robles
Dona Rosu
Jerome Rothenberg
Joanna Russell-Gebbett
Yurdanur Salman
Lisa Sapinkopf
Sappho
Hiroaki Sato
Carina del Valle Schorske
Cindy Schuster
Zvi A. Sesling
Rebecca Siferle
Avi Sharon
Travis Sharp
Gerard Shelley
Larissa Shmailo
Paul Siegell
Eleni Sikelianos
Sandra Simonds
Leif Sjoberg
Jose Ma. Sison
Edith Sitwell
Maggie Smith
Michael Smith
W.D. Snodgrass
Gustaf Sobin
Layli Long Soldier
Marin Sorescu
Adam J. Sorkin
Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino
Jon Stallworthy
Melissa Studdard
Adrienne Su
Judy Swann
Heather Sweeney
May Swenson
Arthur Sze
Wislawa Szymborska
Eileen Tabios
Stephen Tapscott
Ernst Toller
Tomas Transformer
Joanna Trzeciak
Cesar Vallejo
Alissa Valles
Tim VanDyke
Eliana Vanessa
Louise Varese
Nico Vassilakis
Divya Victor
Stephen Vincent
Virgil
Sidney Wade
Keith Waldrop
Ellen Dore Watson
Christine Aikens Wolfe
Cyril Wong
William Wordsworth
Molly Lynn Wyatt
Michelle Yeh
David Young
Mark Young
Nobuyuki Yuasa
Maged Zaher
Richard Zenith
Xu Zhimo