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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


I'm pleased to release the April edition of Galatea Resurrects. As ever, deep gratitude to our volunteer-reviewers. You can see the issue HERE, but I'll paste the Contents below for convenience:

Objects from a Borrowed Confession by Julie Carr
Reviewed by Kylan Rice (4/23)

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/22)

"The Curse of Akkad"
Engaged by Aileen Cassinetto and C. Sophia Ibardaloza (4/21)

Olas Cursis by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (4/20)

women: poetry: migration [an anthology], Editor Jane Joritz-Nakagawa
Reviewed by Judy Roitman (4/19)

Masterplan by Eric Greinke and Alison Stone
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/18)

UNMARK by Montreux Rotholtz
Reviewed by Brian Burmeister (4/17)

Swedish Poetry Nowadays: An Anthology of 6 Poets in the 21st Century, Editor Kristian Carlsson
Reviewed by William Allegrezza (4/16)

Long Day, Counting Tomorrow by Jim Feast
Engaged by Steve Dalachinsky (4/15)

Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties by Lev Rubinstein, Trans. by Philip Metres and Tatiana Tulchinsky; It's No Good: Poems / Essays / Actions by Kirill Medvedev, Trans. by Keith Gessen with Mark Krotov, Cory Merrill and Bela Shayevich; and I Live I See: Selected Poems by Vsevolod Nekrasov, Trans. by Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (4/14)


The Spirit of the Staircase, poems by Tiana Nobile & paintings by Brigid Conroy
Engaged by Cristina Querrer (4/12)

Dark Pastures: Selected Songs and Poems by John Lunar Richey, WORKS by Danny Shot, and Hope Cries for Justice by Patricia Nicholson and William Parker
Reviewed by Steve Dalachinsky (4/11)

FEATURE: "Lesser Lights: More Adventures From A Hamptons Apprenticeship" 
By Sandy McIntosh (4/10)

Mirrors Mascaras by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (4/9)

Publications by Clark Coolidge, Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennet, Michel Roly, Leslie Scalapino, Keith Shein, Scott MacLeod, Lyn Hejinian, Brandon Brown, and Ron Silliman
Engaged by Scott MacLeod (4/8)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE BUS! (exclamation point mine)

Aaarrrrggg. I literally just approved HAY(NA)KU 15 for sending out to the printer. A mere couple of hours later, I stumble across a poet new to me who'd written in hay(na)ku. Bad news: too late for anthology. Good news: it really must have spread if I don't know who's writing/written innit. But as you can tell by the title (it's a 2010 chap but such is my To-Read Pile), there's wit and brilliance in Gizelle Gajelonia. Her hay(na)ku is in THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE BUS from the quite smart Tinfish Press. Photo below is excerpt from her poem:

Really, Maraming Salamat to all of you poets who've welcomed the hay(na)ku form!

Friday, April 20, 2018


Sleepless days ... because I'm editing HUMANITY.  Scheduled for a Summer 2018 release. From publisher Paloma Press:
HUMANITY, an anthology featuring practitioners/students in the fields of environmental science, public policy, decolonization and multicultural studies, poetry, anthropology, medicine, music, theology, and history on their observations and vision of the human condition.
More information HERE! But I'll post the photo of the contributors (except for another lovely who's missing):

Monday, April 16, 2018


Cultural activist and writer Malou Alorro was gracious enough to send me photos of the hay(na)ku rearing up its perky face at Southwestern University. At the 1st Central Visayas Press Conference involving senior high school and college students and with the theme "Fighting Against False Media through Responsible and Fearless Journalism," the hay(na)ku was introduced when the local Women in the Literary Arts-Cebu discussed their journeys as writers! And the students were encouraged to do internet research to learn more about the poetry form, as well as to write their own!  I am looking forward to original hay(na)ku poems in Cebuano!  Meanwhile, here are pics:

Malou Alorro 

 From slide presentations.

Malou with Dess Balota, English and Literature Professor at St. Theresa's College

That hay(na)ku! Nako, it loves to travel!


Brew & Forge Book Fair is open! For $20 donations, you can get signed books direct from about 75 different authors in support of the BYP100! Such includes Moi who donated the aptly-titled LOVE IN A TIME OF BELLIGERENCE.  Click HERE to see all books and hopefully start shopping! I'd love to personalize my book and send it over to you, or as your gift to another poetry-reader!  

Sunday, April 15, 2018


So 2018 is my year of exploring the tanka form ... which includes my variations of the form. I'm grateful to North of Oxford for being the first to publish some of my "rattail" (or ducktail) tankas: verse followed by a single, usually-long line.  You can see 3 tankas from my series "On This World Where the Anglo-Zanzibar War Erupted" -- the 3 tankas are separated by asterisks (in case that's not clear from the format).

As regards the title, here's an explanatory excerpt from a poetics essay:
"the shortest war in recorded history was the “Anglo-Zanzibar War.” As a “final act” of that 45-minute war in 1896, Britain had demanded the Zanzibar government reimburse it for the shells it had fired.

Such arrogance, I thought, about Britain’s demand for payment. After all, Britain waged war because it didn’t approve of the man who seized power, Khalid bin Bargash, after the death of British ally Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini. So much for [others'] self-determination. In that arrogance—and ridiculousness—I found a new title for my tanka series... "

You can see more of my tanka variations (as well as my initial, more traditional tankas) in TANKA, Vol. I which was just released from Simulacrum Press.


Delighted to share some coverage by The FilAm Magazine on the hay(na)ku's birthday. You can see it HERE (though the featured cover is not the final one).

As I'm in the middle of reviewing manuscript proofs for the upcoming and blockbuster HAY(NA)KU 15 Anthology (!), 'twas a pleasure to see this hay(na)ku sculpture by Melinda Luisa de Jesus. It's part of the just-opened exhibit, “Home: Making Space for Radical Love and Struggle,” April 9-20, 2018 at Oliver Art Center CCA, Oakland, CA:

(click on image to enlarge)