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, February 22, 2017

MARK YOUNG DELIVERS SOME MORE STRANGE METEORITES


Meritage Press and i.e. press are pleased to publish Mark Young's 39th book, some more strange meteorites.  There's currently a 20% discount off of its retail price of $14.95 over at Lulu.  Here are some Advance Words:
Mark Young rakes the zeitgeist, separating memes from disparate media.  Everything looks like something else.  Nothing is the same.  some more strange meteorites is the work of a master poet at the top of his game. --Tom Beckett 
Chance figures brightly in some more strange meteorites. The poet as appreciator-in-chief discovers or invents a voice to house and sing each philosophically vivid poem. He locates kindred mouths and brains that carry rich history and disconnection, matching each to each. A masterful spirit of inclusiveness pervades this extremely satisfying book, linking unlikely figures, finding the future in the past, and inviting the reader to follow the writer’s brilliant lead.—Sheila E. Murphy

ABOUT THE POET:
Mark Young is the editor of Otoliths, lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for nearly sixty years. He is the author of over thirty-five books, primarily text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages.
Recent books include Mineral Terpsichore Ley Lines, from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago. Recent e-books include The Holy Sonnets unDonne, from Red Ceilings Press; For the Witches of Romania, from Beard of Bees; & a few geographies, from One Sentence Poems.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

"SLICING THE ORCHID BEFORE THE TARGET FALLS"


I'm always grateful to see my books pick up new readers. SILK EGG was released in 2011 but just received a review--thanks to literature lover and high school teacher Aloysiusi Polintan for his engagement. You can see it HERE, but here's an excerpt:
A dialogue between a man and woman. A slice of breath released on the canvas. Wine swiveled in a decanter which light reflects on frescoes. An assortment of velvet red ribbons. There’s a lot more of these “beautiful mysteries” in reading Silk Egg, a compilation of novels that defy measures established by scribes incognizant of the beauty of brevity and the freedom in responding to art. If her poetry reverberates pulchritude in rhythm and restrictiveness, Tabios’s fiction challenges a novel’s typical length, proving that every line, space, and punctuation can speak of a narrative some writers’ unapologetic verbosity cannot provide in clarity and grandeur.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

IT KEEPS RESURRECTING ITSELF

I sort of thought I was done with my project The MDR Poetry Generator--after all, it'd already  generated nearly ten books or bookish projects through the 134 poems it spat out generated. But the Generator cranked itself up for Poem #135, which created my latest chap from Moria Books' politically-oriented Locofo chap series:



As the above back cover says, "Even the machine protests..."

The front cover, by they way, reflects how I've been taking advantage of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's boost of public domain images from its collection. So on the front is a leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: “at the Clarion of the Fifth Angel's Trumpet, a Star Falls from the Sky; the Bottomless Pit is Opened with a Key; Emerging from the Smoke, Locusts Come Upon the Earth and Torment the Deathless”. Ca 1180. Spanish. Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Cloisters Collection, Rogers and Harris Brisbane Dick Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1991. Thank you, Met!

For the same reason--thank you, Met!-- inside the chap is “Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee. Gouache, ink, and graphite on paper mounted on cardboard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984.

Anyway, a free .pdf read HERE (scroll down), as well as a print copy available through HERE.


Friday, February 17, 2017

A NEW POEM

My thanks to Stride Magazine and editor Rupert Loydell for featuring a new poem. This is one of the few poems I'm writing while I actually figure out what next to write in my more typical mode, series- or book-based. So here's

"The Limits of Syntax"


Thursday, February 16, 2017

ANNE GORRICK'S PERFUMED POEMS!


Still reading. And sipping wine. 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
THE OLFACTIONS: POEMS ON PERFUME by Anne Gorrick (brilliant feast for all senses. LinkedIntoPoetry Recommendation #261) 

SOME MORE STRANGE METEORITES, poems by Mark Young (in manuscript. so good it'll be published by Meritage Press)

THE HAPPY END / ALL WELCOME, poems by Monica de la Torre 

*  TWENTY MOMENTS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, poems by John Goodman

*  DON’T’ SAY HIS NAME, poems by Donna Kuhn

*  THE TRUE BOOK OF ANIMAL HOMES, poems by Allison Titus

*  BED FROM GOVERNMENT, poems by Gabriel Gudding

*  MANIFESTO OF THE MOMENT, poems by miEKAL aND

*  COUNTRY MUSICS 20/20, poems by Garin Cycholl

*  THE PROMETHEUS COLLAGE, poems by Mary Kasimor

*  TRUTH AND TRUTHMP. AESTHETIC POINT OF VIEW, poems by Reijo Valta

*  THE BIG GAME IS EVERY NIGHT by Andrew K. Peterson

* ARCHAEOPTERYX, poems by Romeo Alcala Cruz

* CASE, poems by lars palm

* DISCO NAPS & ODD NODS: THE POLITIX OF SEX, poems by Alex Gildzen

*  HUMPTY DRUMPFTY AND OTHER POEMS by Melinda Luisa de Jesus

*  THE UNITED WORLD OF WAR, poems by Kristian Carlsson

*  BLEAK LIKE ME, poems by Allen Bramhall

*  THE GAG REEL, poems by Tom Bamford Blake

*  MEN, DEATH, LIES, poems by Roy Bentley

*  LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE DROWNING, poems by Jawdat Fakhreddine, trans. by Huda Fakhreddine and Jayson Iwen

* FACES SOMEWHERE WILD, poems by David Giannini

* ANEMAL UTER MECK, poems by Mg Roberts

*  BREAKUP/BREAKDOWN, poems by Charles Jensen

*  FREE FERRY, poems by Ann Cefola

*  LOWLY, poems by Alan Felsenthal

*  TELEPATHOLOGIES poems by Cortney Lamar Charleston

*  SWEET INSURGENT, poems by Elyse Fenton

*  CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO!, poems by Jerome Sala

* BETWEEN RED & GREEN: NARRATIVE OF THE BLACK BRIGADE, poems by Tyrone Williams

* IN THE CLEARING, poems by Madeline Tiger

* BE(LONGING), poems by Nancy Kassell

* MARRIAGE MAP, poems by Owen Lewis

* DUTIES OF THE HEART: A VERSE MEMOIR by Bea Opengart

* PICTURE THIS: FOR YOUR EYES AND EARS, poems by John J. Trause

*  A 24-HOUR COTILLION, poems by Leonard Trawick

*  ONE, poems by Gerald Fleming

* WINGS OF SMOKE: POEMS by Jim Pascual Agustin (review copy available as a .pdf)

GATES & FIELDS, poems by Jennifer Firestone

& MORE BLACK, poems by T’ai Freedom Ford

MARY/STUART: A DRAMATIC QUEERING OF FRIEDRICH SCHILLER’S CLASSIC PLAY, poems by Keelay Gipson

A CENTURY IS AN EXTREMELY BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME FOR A NEW INVENTION, poems by Ariel Goldberg

JAGGED LITTLE VIRUS: WHEN HIV IS FREE FROM SUFFERING, poems by Theodore Keff

(PRE)CONCEIVABLE BRIDGES, poems by Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Janice A. Lowe, Purvi Shah, Evie Shockley

ESL OR YOU WEREN’T HERE, poems by Aldrin Valdez

ORDER THE WORLD, MOM, pioms by Wo Chan with images by Jocelyn Yan

DRIFTING, poems by Dominic Cheung

PETRARCH, poems by Tim Atkins

ASTROBOLISM, poems by Caroline Crumpacker

SNOWCLONE DETRITUS: PETRARCH SONNETS 97-188 by Peter Hughes

HEILIGENSCHEIN: PETRARCH SONNETS 160-180 by Peter Hughes

BEST AT NIGHT ALONE, poems by Peter Riley

SEXOPUROSEXOVELOZ, poems by Dolores Dorante, trans. by Jen Hofer

THE HOLE, poems by Thom Donovan

THE HEGEMON SAY, poem by Thom Donovan

LOBE SCARPS & FINIALS, poems by Geraldine Monk

SALLOW, poems by Frances Presley

SEA WITCH, poems by Sarah Crewe

THE RAVENOUS AUDIENCE, poems by Kate Durbin

AMARANTH UNSTITCHED, poems by Samantha Walton

PORTS OF CALL / ESCALE, poems by Neil Leadbeater

UMWELT, poems by Dorothy Lehane

A LUCENT FIRE: NEW & SELECTED POEMS by Patricia Spears Jones

WHETHER, poems by Alan Baker

ALL THIS AIR AND MATTER, poems by Alan Baker

TRENCHART: SURPLUS / AESTHETICS, essays/multigenre with Teresa Carmody, Michael Du Plessis, Melissa Buzzeo, Kim Rosenfield, Mark Rutkoski, Klaus Killisch and Matias Viegener

UNTITLED COLOSSAL PARLOUR ODES, poems by Marianne Morris, Luke Roberts, Sophie Robinson and Josh Stanley

NEW WORK BY PHILADELPHIA POETS / NOUA OPERA A POETILOR DIN PHILADELPHIA, bilingual poetry edited by Valerie Fox

ENTRANCE TO A COLONIAL PAGEANT IN WHICH WE ALL BEGIN TO INTRICATE, play by Johannes Goransson

LETTERS FOR OLSON edited by Benjamin Hollander

THE FEELING IS MUTUAL: A LIST OF OUR FUCKING DEMANDS, literary/arts anthology edited by Sarah Wintz

OTOLITHS 44, 2017, literary & arts journal edited by Mark Young

PUNETA: POLITICAL PILIPINX POETRY, poetry anthology edited by Eileen R. Tabios

PUNETA: POLITICAL PILIPINX POETRY, Vol. 2, poetry anthology edited by Barbara Jane Reyes

PUNETA: POLITICAL PILIPINX POETRY, Vol. 3, poetry anthology edited by Luisa A. Igloria (in manuscript form)

THE POETRY PROJECT #250, February/March 2017 edited by Betsy Fagin

THE MAGNOLIA STORY, biography by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino


WINES
2014 Louis Michel & Fils Chablis Montee De Tonnerre
1994 Taylor Fladgate port
1989 Ch. La Conseillante Pomerol
2006 Monsanto Nemo
2014 Whitehall Lane merlot
2012 Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultim Lapidern
2015 Suzanne Hagins & Chris Condos Grenache Yountville

Bordeaux Wine Tasting, San Francisco
1996 Dom Perignon
1959 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
1964 Chateau Cheval Blanc
1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
1990 Chateau Margaux
1996 Chateau Latour
1967 Chateau d'Yquem
2010 Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde (primer wine for seasoning wine glasses and decanters)


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DEAR 5,886-PAGE JOHN BLOOMBERG-RISSMAN,

How magnificent is this accomplishment! I refer to your opus, the nine-volume IN THE HOUSE OF THE HANGMAN, with each volume being about 654 pages. My copy -- MY COPY OF A SINGLE POEM! -- arrived in today's mail and they took over an entire bench:




As a bibliophile, I am on my knees stroking those glossy covers -- the elegant black-and-white presentation of the whole thang fits! No need for ornamentation.  I opened the first volume at random and it even has hay(na)ku!


This helps explain why John, for me, is a Poet's Poet: he is personally modest but, poetically, ambitious. His ambition honors the art.

I will have more to say about this in the future, I'm sure.  All I can say in response is, "Dear 5,886-page John, I promise to read every word." Every. Word. It's the least I can do.

P.S. Now, what are you going to do to top this?!







IF THEY HADN'T WORN WHITE HOODS...



I'm delighted to release a new Locofo political chap, a collaboration with master mixmaster John Bloomberg-Rissman with a very long, telling title:

IF THEY HADN'T WORN WHITE HOODS, 8 MILLION
WOULD HAVE SHOWN UP IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS


The front cover art by Janna AƱonuevo Langholz is a fitting visual metaphor for the rhetoric--and content--we are seeing within the hundred days. Thank you for the bricks, Janna!  Perhaps the hard brick can be viewed as campaign promises, and the soft (imploded) brick the actual results:



Not included in the chap are my and John's correspondence about conceptualizing the project which might be as long as the poem itself. The chap does include a BiblioDiscography.

The back cover offers a gilded frame around nothing -- self-explanatory, yes? But here's an excerpt from the chap-length poem:

"I, ___________ (please initial), regret that I forgot to quote Immanuel Kant, who is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice, who once said of a supposedly intelligent African that “this fellow was quite black from head to toe, a clear proof that what he said was stupid.” That would have been a perfect thing to include in my speech on Black History Month. After all, the blacks picked February, and how stupid is that?

"I, ___________ (please initial), regret that I have incurred the enmity of the “best minds of my generation”. Not really: since they are all “starving hysterical naked”, they either have no talent or are very dumb."

John and I -- we don't tend to hold back ...

I'm very pleased to see Bill Allegrezza's Locofo project continue to unfold -- I think his series (which includes the Puneta Political Pilipinx Poetry anthologies) will be one of the most important protest projects to come out of this time. Check 'em all out at http://www.moriapoetry.com/locofo.html

At above link, all of the Locofo chaps are available to be read for free. $5 also gets you hard-copy versions viz Moria's Lulu account.