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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Continuing moi preference of being present but invisible, feel free to see the visual coverage of perhaps one of the top three best poetry readings I've ever attended (not because I was part of it :) but in terms of the "on-ness" of the featured poets). I was willing to do a 36-hour transcontinental round trip as this is Marsh Hawk Press' 15th anniversary, and it was worth it. Glad to be associated for 14 years now with this very independent press. Indie-thinking: it matters.

One of the marvels of the poetry reading was Jane Augustine.  Her book KRAZY presents visual poems that she, for performance/reading porpoises, chose to treat as scripts for a sound presentation.  Her energetic rendition became sound poetry as its best, in part because of the impressive length of her breath, i.e. she must have spat out a gazillion words without having to take a pause to inhale!  As someone whose breath --and consequently poetic lines -- has shortened with age, I was both enthralled and amazed by Jane's presentation.  Here she is and I do so recommend her book KRAZY!  Delighted to be published by the same press and here she is during her performance at the book launch:

Dear Marsh Hawk Press, Happy Anniversary! May you live long and prosper!  And present more events like THIS!

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