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, November 5, 2014


Rosemary Griggs, author of SKY GIRL (Fence Books) shares some lovely memories of when we first met HERE.  And some not so lovely memories HERE.  And do check out her collection which received Fence Books' Alberta Prize:


In her second post where I appear, Rosemary talks about the aftermath of 9-1-1.  I was really moved by how one of her fellow flight attendants' moms insisted on flying with her daughter as she had to continue working.... Anyway, Rosemary mentions a class right after 9-1-1 where I did a visit as a Guest Author and discussed the difficulty of finding language right after a tragedy.

I do remember doing class visits, though I don't remember now if it was Rosemary's class where I had brought a copy of my book BLACK LIGHTNING.  I remember holding up the book to the class and saying that, after 9-1-1, I looked at its cover image which was a painting by Theresa Chong.  I said to the class that, after 9-1-1, what had been for me a lovely abstract painting had become a figurative reference to one of the fallen skyscrapers.  I remember holding up my book cover with its image and a newspaper image of the side of one of the World Trade towers to reveal the similarity.  The newspaper had printed the image because, in front of the tower, people were falling...

Theresa Chong's painting, "Black Lightning"

In front of the tower, people were falling.  The felled people apparently included two workers who were trapped up in the skyscraper.  As both looked around them at the burning conflagration in which they were trapped, they apparently looked at each other and agreed:  they both decided to hold hands as they jumped...

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