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.

Monday, February 17, 2014


...a spokeswoman for Philippine President Benigno Aquino, acknowledged Saturday that disaster aid "can never be fast enough" for the areas devastated by Haiyan. 

As the saying goes, Beauty costs.  Please enjoy an advance look at the book cover for VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA designed pro bono by Michelle Bautista, and utilizing the lovely image of the acrylic painting "Sun. Flower. Storm" by one of the book's contributors, G. Mae Aquino. It's a lovely image--but costed from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.   You can click on images to enlarge them:



The back cover features some “Advance Words” from poet-scholar-critic-editor Susan M. Schultz:

VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA: A Storm of Filipino Poets:  
This is a book about a destructive typhoon named Yolanda, or Haiyan, which caused massive damage to the Philippines in November, 2013. This is a sprawling book of poems about family, loss, art, economy, greed, love, grief, theft, militarism, colonialism, typhoon tourism, deforestation, stray dogs, survivors, rubble, donations, propaganda, looting, journalists, dead children, helicopters, rain, disembowelment, black bags, conquerors, catastrophe, “the republic of the drowned” (Luisa A. Igloria). This is a book in English, Filipino, Cebuano, Waray, Hiligaynon, Bisaya. This is a book by poets who teach, poets who study, a poet who drives a tricycle for a living, poets who work for NGOs, poets who are school children. This is a book by 133 Filipino poets who live in the Philippines, the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, elsewhere.  What is diaspora but the aftermath of storm? All profits from this book will be donated to relief organizations. “Aid is art,” writes Simeon Dumdum, Jr. Now art will aid survivors of the storm.                                                
—Susan M. Schultz, poet and editor of Tinfish
The book should be out in March but you may want to avail yourself of a SPECIAL PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER!  This is a fundraising project as well.  Months after Typhoon Haiyan, the affected residents still needs the world's help.  Maraming Salamat in advance for your consideration.

For more information: MeritagePress@aol.com


  1. it's actually a painting done in acrylic. =) thank you so much for giving poets a chance to help in their own special way. kudos to Meritage Press! -g.mae

  2. Ach. Thanks G. Mae -- have corrected the typo!