"Of the 110 reviews that I have done, there are half a dozen reviews of books that Eileen Tabios has either written or edited. This has been an easy decision to make, because no two are the same."
THANKS to Joey Madia for reviewing I FORGOT LIGHT BURNS! Excerpts above and below, but you can see the entire review HERE.
The result of Tabios’s approach in I Forgot Light Burns is akin to a series of sutras—of gemlike word-meditations with endless facets, meditations on color and sound and humanity. Sometimes concrete, oftentimes abstract. The following have been chosen to show the variations in effect:
“I forgot Red of cantaor’s voice becoming rusty nail pulling out of old board.” (1)
“I forgot how quickly civilization can disappear, as swiftly as the shoreline from an oil spill birthed from a twist of the wrist by a drunk vomiting over the helm—” (7)
“I forgot how gemstones can gasp—” (8)
“I forgot the revolt of the minor key—” (30)
“I forgot the mother snapped the umbilical cord with her teeth, strapped the newborn to her back, then picked up the scythe—” (31)
“I forgot I wanted to make memories, not simply press petals between pages of expendable books—” (42)