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, May 29, 2017

GALATEA RESURRECTS--MAY EDITION!


I'm pleased to share that Galatea Resurrects closes out the May month with 19 new reviews plus some features, including the urgent Poetry response to Alex Tizon's article in The Atlantic about Eudocia Tomas Pulido.  You can go HERE for the issue, though I reprint Table of Contents below for convenience:


MAY
FEATURE: Poetry In Response to Alex Tizon's article, "My Family Slave" as regards Eudocia Tomas PulidoThe Atlantic, June 2017. Poems by Jonel Abellanosa, Jim Pascual Agustin, Kimberly Alidio, Michelle Bautista, Aileen Cassinetto, Melinda Luisa de Jesús, Elaine Dolalas, Rose Linda Gonzales, Maileen Hamto, Luisa A. Igloria, Sean Labrador Y Manzano, Agnes Marton, D Hideo Maruyama, Amy Ray Pabalan, Aloysiusi Lionel Polintan, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tony Robles, Irene Suico Soriano, Leny Mendoza Strobel, Eileen R. Tabios, Jean Vengua, and Alfred A. Yuson
(5/29)

"Broken Verse" by Darrell Nettles
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/28)

Explanation model for 'Virus' by Freke Räihä
Engaged by Thérèse Bachand (5/27)

Love Song to a Blue God by Sophie Strand
Reviewed by Tamas Panitz (5/26)

Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground by Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/25)

The Fair Parts of Shadows by Dhiman Chakraborty
Engaged by Runa Bandyopadhyay (5/24)

Stop Armageddon by Howard Yosha
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/23)

“I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson” Exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum (organized with Amherst College), New York City, Jan. 20-May 28, 2017
Reviewed by Adam DeGraff (5/8)

Driftwood Monster: Haiku for Troubled Times by Kath Abela Wilson
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/8)

B & O Blues by Aileen Cassinetto
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/7)

Ghazals 1-59 And Other Poems by Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt 
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/7)

Manifesto of the Moment by mIKEAL aND (1)
Reviewed by Matt Hill (5/6)

Manifesto of the Moment by mIKEAL aND (2)
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/6)

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT by Olivia Stiffler
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/5)

Check & Balance by Luisa A. Igloria
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/5)

FANTASTIC CARYATIDS: A Conversation with Art by Anne Waldman & Vincent Katz
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/4)

La Police by Bill Lavender
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/4)

A CAPacious Act by Charles A. Perrone
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/3)

Afterword by Nick Piombino to Text Loses Time by Nico Vassilakis
(5/2)

IMAGINE RENAISSANCE by Naomi Buck Palagi
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/1)

The Owl Still Asking: Tanka for Troubled Times by Kath Abela Wilson
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/1)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

21 YEARS OF WRITING BOOKS




I had to prepare this list for a project and needed to "file" it somewhere. Entonces: Here, as what's a blog for? AND if you've read just one of these books/chapbooks/collections by me, I am very grateful. Thank you.


BY EILEEN R. TABIOS

POETRY
After The Egyptians Determined The Shape of the World is a Circle, 1996
Beyond Life Sentences, 1998

The Empty Flagpole (CD with guest artist Mei-mei Berssenbrugge), 2000
Ecstatic Mutations, 2001 (with short stories and essays)
Reproductions of The Empty Flagpole, 2002
Enheduanna in the 21st Century, 2002
There, Where the Pages Would End, 2003
Menage a Trois With the 21st Century, 2004
Crucial Bliss Epilogues, 2004
The Estrus Gaze(s), 2005

SONGS OF THE COLON, 2005

POST BLING BLING, 2005

I Take Thee, English, For My Beloved, 2005

The Secret Lives of Punctuations, Vol. I, 2006

Dredging for Atlantis, 2006


It’s Curtains, 2006
SILENCES: The Autobiography of Loss, 2007

The Singer and Others: Flamenco Hay(na)ku, 2007

The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes: Our Autobiography, 2007

NOTA BENE EISWEIN, 2009

Footnotes to Algebra: Uncollected Poems 1995-2009, 2009

Roman Holiday, 2010

THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems and New 1998-2010, 2010

the relational elations of ORPHANED ALGEBRA (with j/j hastain), 2012
5 Shades of Gray, 2012

THE AWAKENING: A Long Poem Triptych & A Poetics Fragment, 2013

147 MILLION ORPHANS (MMXI-MML), 2014

44 RESURRECTIONS, 2014
SUN STIGMATA (Sculpture Poems), 2014
I FORGOT LIGHT BURNS, 2015
DUENDE IN THE ALLEYS, 2015
INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & New (1996–2015), 2015
THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS, 2016
The Gilded Age of Kickstarters, 2016
Excavating the Filipino in Me, 2016
I FORGOT ARS POETICA, 2016
AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir, 2016
THE OPPOSITE OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA: Prime’s Anti-Autobiography, 2017
Post-Ecstasy Mutations, 2017
On Green Lawn, The Scent of White, 2017
TO BE AN EMPIRE IS TO BURN, 2017
If They Hadn’t Worn White Hoods … (with John Bloomberg-Rissman), 2017
What Shivering Monks Comprehend, 2017
YOUR FATHER IS BALD: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems, 2017
IMMIGRANT: Hay(na)ku & Other Poems In A New Land, 2017
COMPREHENDING MORTALITY (with John Bloomberg-Rissman), 2017
Big City Cante Intermedio, 2017
WINTER ON WALL STREET: A Novella-in-Verse, 2017
MAKING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH GREAT AGAIN, 2017
MANHATTAN: An Archaeology, 2017
HIRAETH: Tercets From the Last Archipelago, 2018


FICTION
Behind The Blue Canvas, 2004
SILK EGG: Collected Novels 2009-2009, 2011


PROSE COLLECTIONS
Black Lightning, 1998 (poetry essays/interviews)

My Romance, 2002 (art essays with poems)

The Blind Chatelaine’s Keys, 2008 (biography with haybun)
#EileenWritesNovel, 2017 (diary)



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#EILEENWRITESNOVEL OUT IN PRINT!

Otoliths has always been smart about utilizing the internet and POD technology which means their journal has both online and print components. So if anyone (besides me for perhaps the purpose of looking for an agent) wants a 90-page paperback on my year-long diary about writing a novel's first draft -- complete with selfies of the process' effect on moi -- go HERE!



Sunday, May 21, 2017

THE FILIPINO AMERICAN ARTIST DIRECTORY!


"(De)Centered: An Exhibition of Filipino American Artists," the Fil-Am Artist Directory's first exhibit will be up at WAS gallery (Washington D.C.) through June 16 (for more info, go to http://www.filamartistdirectory.com/events/ ; the above image is from the exhibition's announcement). Meanwhile, Directory founder Janna Añonuevo Langholz reads my Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole with Directory advisor Isabel Manalo's guinea pig. I love a diversified audience for (my) poetry!



I'm also an Advisor to the Directory and one of  my projects is an ekphrasis-based creative writing series in response to art from the artists in the Directory. If you'd like to participate, go for more information to  http://www.filamartistdirectory.com/call-for-writing




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For CENTER FOR ART AND THOUGHT FUNDRAISER!


I'm delighted to share that  INVENT(ST)ORY, my second Selected book of poems is part of the swag for a worthwhile Fundraiser on behalf of the Center for Art and Thought. Here's an about:

The Center for Art and Thought (CA+T) is a web-based arts and education 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. From our award-winning web platform, we take the Philippines and Filipinos as a point of departure for thinking about culture globally. The Philippines, where global processes like colonialism, migration, and globalization come together, is an ideal starting point for understanding pressing contemporary global issues, from labor migration to environmental crises. CA+T’s virtual platform presents creative and scholarly works exploring these questions through four cornerstone programs: 1) Curated Exhibitions, 2) Commissioned Works, 3) a DIALOGUES series of moderated, thematically-driven conversations, and 4) a one-of-a-kind Artist-in-Residence Virtual Residency program.

If you donate for my book, let me know and I'll send you signed copies of two different books so as to make your donation a bargain!  Info on fundraiser HERE.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

"DEAR MAMA" HONORS MOM AND MOTHER'S DAY

I'm honored that my poem "Dear Mama," the pivotal poem in IMMIGRANT: Hay(na)ku & Other Poems in a New Land (Locofo, 2017) was part of today's Mother's Day service at my local United Methodist Church. It was in company with poems by Langston Hughes, Billy Collins and Mary Oliver. To live long enough to see how one's poems can fit into "everyday" life is a blessing. Thanks to my pastor and also author Audrey Ward for curating the event and asking me:



Details and more photos are available HERE.





Thursday, May 4, 2017

MAKING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH GREAT AGAIN!


Yes, I actually did that poem-a-day thing last month, which was April as National Poultry Poetry Month. Good thing, too, as it helped me formulate my next "poetry series," The Ashbery Riff-Offs. Well, that series just released its first publication, a Locofo chap,

MAKING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH GREAT AGAIN!

Isn't that a click-bait title? How can you avoid checking it out?!

A free .pdf read is available at the publisher's web site HERE.

Hard copies are available through HERE.

Hope you enjoy!




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

EKPHRASIS WITH JOHN ASHBERY aka THE ASHBERY RIFF-OFFS!

As described in a recent conversation with Thomas Fink (Dichtung Yammer), I’d spent the past 4 years generating poems through what I call my Murder, Death and Resurrection project. After such a comprehensive series, it took some time for me to identify my next big project. But I found it through this year’s April as National Poetry Month; many poets write a poem a day during this month and I did so this year. Through that exercise, I began what's become my next big project, writing off and away from John Ashbery’s major poem, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.” I'm calling this series The Ashbery Riff-Offs.

I love Ashbery’s approach to ekphrastic poetry, for which I'll quote David Lehman  (in “Ashbery, Parmigianino, and the Convex Mirror,” Poets.org) as using

specific paintings “as points of departure that discover themselves by meditating on objets d’art, and thus displacing them. . . . Gazing at the painting, the poet comes virtually to inhabit its room, to make its quarters his own.”

This is non-caption type of ekphrasis which possesses my loyalty, and I tried to apply the same approach in writing poems from Ashbery’s poems, with his lines being the “objets d’art.” That is, all of my poems begin with 1 or 1-2 lines from Ashbery’s poem. The ekphrasis work as being more than just illustration is aptly captured by the convex mirror. If you look at this illustration, you’ll see how the outward gaze from a convex mirror expands to take in more of the world, versus the concave perspective that narrows the gaze:



According to Google, there are 522 lines in “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” (I keep counting or mis-counting 515 lines). With 1 or 1-2 lines of Ashbery’s beginning each of my poems, I estimate the series will be comprised of over 300 poems.

By the time April ended, I’d written 29 poems (though I’ve continued writing a poem a day since).  Having said that, Locofo chaps is publishing six poems from the series which all coincidentally fit Moria/Locofo’s “political, anti-Trump” series.  The political is just one dimension—though it makes for a great click-bait  (and I hope you agree, funny) title for the chap, MAKING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH GREAT AGAIN!

(There are other poetics issues, besides ekphrasis, that relate to my choice to work with Ashbery's poem, but I'll save those discussion items for another day.)

As of today (May 2), here are photos of Ashbery’s poem showing some lines underlined in peach-colored ink. The underlined lines are those that I’ve used to date, and as you can see there's a lot  more to go.  It's encouraging that so far the poems have received positive responses during readings at Berkeley Museum of Art and during the New Orleans Poetry Festival. It took a while to get  here, but I’m eager to do more. 

(click on images to enlarge)













Monday, May 1, 2017

APIA HERITAGE MONTH


Barbara Jane Reyes is creating lists over HERE to celebrate May as APIA Heritage Month. Honored to be in the company of Frances Chung, Catalina Cariaga, Truong Tran, Bhanu Kapil, and Oliver de la Paz.

Thanks Barbara!




Sunday, April 30, 2017

THE GILDED AGE OF KICKSTARTERS ... AND MORE


Grateful for this review of The Gilded Age of Kickstarters by Neal Leadbeater in the new Otoliths.  You can see it HERE, but here's an excerpt:
The Gilded Age of Kickstarters is a collection of 12 poems inspired by Kickstarter—an American public-benefit corporation based in New York that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creative projects such as films, music, journalism, video games, technology and food-related subjects. Eileen R. Tabios chose projects at random from Kickstarter and wrote poems inspired by their pages. 
The title hints at what is to come. The gilded age is a direct reference to Mark Twain’s novel of the same name which satirized an era of serious social issues that were masked by a thin veneer of gold gilding—a period that was, beneath the surface glitter, seething with corruption. The phrase also carries with it a suggestion of an age of glamour and superficial attraction. An obscure meaning of “to gild something” means “to supply with gold or money.” It also carries the connotation of glossing over something, of giving it a specious appearance. 
... These poems offer thoughtful insights and commentaries on the world in which we live. 

I share that excerpt because it seems ... odd ... to read that in light of the times...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

HIRAETH POEMS IN NEW OTOLITHS!

Four months into 2017: 3 books (publishers in 3 different countries), two mini-books, a “pamphlet,” and a gazillion chapbooks courtesy of Locofo.That may be enough for me. Entonces, I pushed back a book from being released this year to a 2018 release. That would be HIRAETH: Tercets From The Last Archipelago.  But here’s two poems from it in the just-released Otoliths helmed by the brilliant Mark Young--you can see "English's Wandering Authenticity" and "Kohl's Stories" at



I’m in fine company this issue with Karl Kempton, Thomas Fink, Maya D. Mason, John Xero, John M. Bennett, D.J. Huppatz, Daniel de Culla, Seth Copeland, Texas Fontanella, Jim Leftwich, Robert Lee Brewer, Jim Hanson, Olivier Schopfer, William Repass, Steve Dalachinsky, Kyle Hemmings, Craig Cotter, Jon Cone, Dah Helmer, Michael Farrell, Peycho Kanev, Richard J. Fleming, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch, Jack Galmitz, Philip Byron Oakes, J.J. Campbell, Sanjeev Sethi, Tom Montag, Darren C. Demaree, Hart Broudy, Neil Leadbeater, Volodymyr Bilyk, Stephen C. Middleton, Aidan Semmens, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Bill Wolak, Pete Spence, Clara B. Jones, Andrew Topel, Andrew Taylor & David Spittle, Marietta McGregor, Faleeha Hassan, Diane Keys, Jesse Glass, Kenneth Rexroth, Katrinka Moore, Daniel Y. Harris, osvaldo cibils, Thomas M. Cassidy, Eileen R. Tabios, David Lohrey, Edward Kulemin, Jared Chipkin, Lakey Comess, Baron Geraldo, Shataw Naseri, Logan K. Young, AG Davis, hiromi suzuki, Hugh Tribbey, Anne-Marie Jeanjean, Caleb Puckett, Drew B. David, Jeff Bagato, Márton Koppány, Louise Landes Levi, Jill Chan, Alain Robinet, Raymond Farr, Dennis Andrew Aguinaldo, Willie Smith, Joe Balaz, M A McDonald, Jim McCrary, Sian Vate, Heath Brougher, Owen Bullock, differx, Lynn Strongin, Marcello Diotallevi, Robbie Coburn, Carol Stetser, Chris Brown, Richard James Allen, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Jeff Harrison, David Harrison Horton, Sjoerd van der Weide, Joel Chace, Indigo Perry, Simon Perchik, Richard Kostelanetz, David Baptiste Chirot, Timothy Pilgrim, Nicole Pottier, Natsuko Hirata, Massimo Stirneri, Rebecca Eddy, Josh Smith, major stafford sternwall, John Pursch, Sheikha A., Mercedes Webb-Pullman, Jared Pearce, Keith Nunes, Jake Goetz, Allen Forrest, sean burn, Richard Skelton, Tom Beckett, Shloka Shankar, Seth Howard, Tony Beyer, Sam Langer, Bob Heman, Cherie Hunter Day, Aurélien Leif,  Catherine Fletcher, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Pragya Vashishtha, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Pam Brown, & Marilyn Stablein.

Friday, April 28, 2017

GALATEA RESURRECTS--THE APRIL EDITION


It looks like my switch from two issues a year to posting (almost) as soon as reviews are received is working out well.  Do go HERE to see Galatea's latest installment, though I'll cutnpaste below the April Table of Contents for convenience.


Click on title-links to be directed to the review or article

APRIL
daughterrarium by Sheila McMullin
Reviewed by Katie Hibner (4/28)

DONALD TRUMP IN  NORTH KOREA by Jared Schickling
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/27)

We Denizens by Jen Coleman
Engaged by Sam Lohmann (4/26)

Harpoon by Michael Cavendish
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/25)

Claiming Breath by Diane Glancy

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/24)

THE CRITIC WRITES POEMS: Naomi Buck Palagi
(4/23)

If They Hadn't Worn White Hoods, 8 Million Would Have Shown Up in the Photographs by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Eileen R. Tabios
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/22)

Introduction by Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson to RESIST MUCH / OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance edited by Michael Boughn, John Bradley, Brenda Cárdenas, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Kass Fleisher, Roberto Harrison, Kent Johnson, Andrew Levy, Nathaniel Mackey, Rubén Medina, Philip Metres, Nita Noveno, Julie Patton, Margaret Randall, Michael Rothenberg, Chris Stroffolino,
 Anne Waldman, Marjorie Welish, Tyrone Williams
(4/21)

Egghead, or: You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham, with drawings by Chance Bone
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/20)

On Poems On by Sandra Liu
Reviewed by Genevieve Kaplan (4/19)

Madison Hatta's Book of Unrelenting Rhymes, or: Madisonnets, Volume 2 by April Lynn James
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/18)

FEATURED POET: Aileen Cassinetto
(4/17)

A Continuum of Force by Francesco Levato
      and
How to Zing the Government by Travis Macdonald
Reviewed by Andrew Rihn (4/12)

Port Light by William Allegrezza
Reviewed by Sheri Reda (4/10)

Stone by Naomi Buck Palagi
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/9)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: An Election Cycle by Andrew and Donora A. Rihn
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (4/8)

HISTORY NOW by Basil King
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/7)

Stubborn by Sheri Reda
Reviewed by Naomi Buck Palagi (4/6) 

If We Were Birds by Janine Harrison
     and
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (4/5)

POROUS BORDERS and FOUR PLUS FOUR by David Giannini
and
RICKSHAW CHASM with poems by David Giannini and collages by John Digby
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/3)

To Be An Empire is To Burn! by Eileen R. Tabios
     and
     and
The Prometheus Collage by Mary Kasimor
Reviewed by Freke Räihä (4/2)