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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

IF THEY HADN'T WORN WHITE HOODS...



I'm delighted to release a new Locofo political chap, a collaboration with master mixmaster John Bloomberg-Rissman with a very long, telling title:

IF THEY HADN'T WORN WHITE HOODS, 8 MILLION
WOULD HAVE SHOWN UP IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS


The front cover art by Janna AƱonuevo Langholz is a fitting visual metaphor for the rhetoric--and content--we are seeing within the hundred days. Thank you for the bricks, Janna!  Perhaps the hard brick can be viewed as campaign promises, and the soft (imploded) brick the actual results:



Not included in the chap are my and John's correspondence about conceptualizing the project which might be as long as the poem itself. The chap does include a BiblioDiscography.

The back cover offers a gilded frame around nothing -- self-explanatory, yes? But here's an excerpt from the chap-length poem:

"I, ___________ (please initial), regret that I forgot to quote Immanuel Kant, who is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice, who once said of a supposedly intelligent African that “this fellow was quite black from head to toe, a clear proof that what he said was stupid.” That would have been a perfect thing to include in my speech on Black History Month. After all, the blacks picked February, and how stupid is that?

"I, ___________ (please initial), regret that I have incurred the enmity of the “best minds of my generation”. Not really: since they are all “starving hysterical naked”, they either have no talent or are very dumb."

John and I -- we don't tend to hold back ...

I'm very pleased to see Bill Allegrezza's Locofo project continue to unfold -- I think his series (which includes the Puneta Political Pilipinx Poetry anthologies) will be one of the most important protest projects to come out of this time. Check 'em all out at http://www.moriapoetry.com/locofo.html

At above link, all of the Locofo chaps are available to be read for free. $5 also gets you hard-copy versions viz Moria's Lulu account.




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