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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


"Witnessed in a Convex Mirror: Vice" -- one of hoped-for 300 poems that I will have riffed from John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" -- is now up at Indolent Books' ROUGH BEAST Feature. You can see the poem (which touches on my tobacco-farming roots and an ill-conceived drug war) HERE.

More poems from the series will appear for the next five Thursdays. My thanks to curator Michael Broder.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Manhattan: An Archaeology, my book officially released this Fall, has a book trailer! It was put together by Cecilia Ibardaloza at the new but hard-working Paloma Press, and is available at YouTube viz https://youtu.be/2rm_hNiUcAs

The Pre-Release "orders are pouring in!" says Paloma Press. How wonderful -- I'm sure it's encouraging to this new press who then may be encouraged to publish more! And perhaps you want to join the party of pre-release orders--MANHATTAN: An Archaeology is 50% off! Info at https://palomapress.net/2017/06/18/manhattan/

One of the nice facets to the book are the Paloma artists' inclusion of "Four Seasons" digital artwork. Here's "Fall" melding Clyfford Still with the very New York "Fearless Girl and Charging Bull" --contemporary!

(click on image to enlarge)

Sunday, June 18, 2017


My next book, MANHATTAN: An Archaeology, is one of my most beautifully produced books, thanks to the wonderful artists behind Paloma Press. It includes color art, which means its 128 pages are produced on this glossy paper--thus, explaining its $40.00 retail price, a price level I don't usually recommend for poetry paperbacks. Fortunately, Paloma Press is offering a 50% discount for a SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE OFFER (the book is due to be released Oct. 1).  Here are the details, which you also can see HERE:

Paloma Press, an independent literary press established in 2016, is pleased to announce A PRE-RELEASE SPECIAL OFFER for the press’ second poetry collection, MANHATTAN: An Archaeology by award-winning poet Eileen R. Tabios. While MANHATTAN will not be officially released until this Fall, we are now open to taking orders at a special discounted price. The book’s PRE-RELEASE Price is $20, a 50% discount from its retail price of $40. You can take advantage of the Pre-Release Offer by sending a check for $20 per book or by ordering with Paypal. Email editor@palomapress.net for information.
I hope this book is of interest. (I do believe it's relevant to both New Yorkers AND non-New Yorkers).

Relatedly, if anyone would like to review the book, drop me an email at galateaten@gmail.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017


"Witnessed in a Convex Mirror: Euclidean Geometry" -- one of hoped-for 300 poems that I will have riffed from John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" -- is now up at Indolent Books' ROUGH BEAST Feature. You can see the poem (a favorite among the 75 I've written so far) HERE.

More poems from the series will appear for the next six Thursdays. My thanks to curator Michael Broder.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Delighted by this new review of AMNESIA: Somebody's Memoir -- by Dina Paulson-McEwen at WALK THE LINE. The review is HERE, but here's an excerpt:
The content unites through anaphora, with nearly all lines beginning “I forgot…” (when Tabios deviates [i.e. “I. Forgot.”] it zaps the eye). There is interplay between personal, earthly, and political; between who is ‘you’ and who is ‘me’ as one remembers and forgets. She coyly states: “I forgot the logic of amnesia.” For the reader, presented with language repetition, learning moves rapidly into forgotten facticity. The book, at first reading, is already a second reading. 
AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir is equally about content and form and their possibilities of convergence: how language decries and rejuvenates what it observes, exposing an x-ray of has-beens and to-be’s. 
The book also comprises actual science. AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir is one of six books generated by her “The MDR [Murder, Death and Resurrection] Poetry Generator.” A database of her poetry, it has over three thousand possibilities of poems. The MDR Poetry Generator recalls indigenous Filipino practices, which Tabios refers to as “Babaylan Poetics.”  
Two forces occur here. A flow allows the individual to be present and reconcile on their own terms. A mechanization bases on recycled data, suppressing original thinking. An individual must parse through this stratum, push to investigate themselves and to piece together/pierce the world. As in: “I forgot the wave–how its singularity is easily fractured by sunlight’s blades.”

Monday, June 12, 2017


Isabel Cuenca, “Untitled” (2016). Acrylic on canvas, 48"x48"

My short story -- or perhaps it's a prose poem, says the mischievous genre-disruptor -- entitled "Taking It Slant From Those February Days" is now up at the Fil-Am Artist Directory's Ekphrasis Feature. It's a work "after" Isabel Cuenca's painting. I share that work as I want to encourage fictionists, not just poets, to participate in the Ekphrasis section -- the Call for Writing is HERE. So, short short, anyone?

Meanwhile, you might notice that my story presents dated sections in reverse chronological order. It's not just about a riff off "slant," though that's appropriate. The story reflects my years of tinkering with disrupting linearity in narrative. Theoretically, one could read the story in a chronological order (per the dates) or just in any order and (if it works) it still would be valid.

Hope the story and this Ekphrasis Feature is of interest, and inspire some of you -- poets and fictionists (and, actually, any other creative writing genre. Short plays, anyone?) -- to participate!

Friday, June 9, 2017


You can now read my book about writing a book ... even though that book is not yet written. Got that?

You can order HERE.

It's got tons of pictures, too.