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, April 24, 2017

BOOKS TO BENEFIT YOUTH JUSTICE!!


I am so pleased to have my book AMNESIA: SOMEBODY’S MEMOIR be part of the second round of the Brew and Forge Book Fair! 100 authors donated signed copies of their books to benefit the Youth Justice Coalition, an LA organization fighting against the criminalization of youth of color. The Book Fair is open between now and May 7th! Gratitude to organizers Franny Choi, Tamiko Beyer, Lo Kwa Mei-en and Kenji Liu! Click on  https://squareup.com/store/brewandforge to see all the wonderful offerings!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

I BURNT A BOOK!

nearly singeing off all of my hair!

What I do for art. And I did this for KQED's feature "First 100 Days: Art in the Age of Trump" which you can see HERE viz article entitled "Does it Matter if Trump Doesn't Read Your Protest Poetry?" by Jonathan Curiel.


This "performance art" warranted a rare Selfie, about which I noted on FB:
Next time I'll just walk on a thread between the penthouse suites of two skyscrapers ten miles apart. That'd be easier than it was to burn the chap! ... nearly singed of all of my hair when I finally figured out not to use a match (burn my hand before it'd light up a page) and never mind the candle (I did bring it out, Dan Waber, in good intentions) and finally opted for the most dangerous option: the stove fire. Don't panic, I made sure to wet the nearby sink so I could safely toss it there in case something went askew. And now the dog walker/photographer wants combat pay! (Performance art? I have new respect for those who allow scissors near their naked flesh.)



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

THE FILIPINO AMERICAN ARTIST DIRECTORY!

Janna Anonuevo Langholz

I'd been advising/supporting the Fil-Am Artist Directory, in part by editing its ekphrastic section--you are invited to participate HERE (and you need not be Filipino). The Directory is the brain-child of artist Janna Anonuevo Langholz and now they're going to have their first exhibit in Washington! It will open May 13 at Was Gallery. All the details are in this lovely Inquirer article by Walter Ang, whose illustrations include another artist  and Directory Advisor Isabela Manalo and me:

Isabela Manalo and Moi

Read all about it HERE! You are invited to know these artists and their works!



Sunday, April 16, 2017

WELCOME PALOMA PRESS!


It's always lovely to see the birth of a new literary/arts press, in this case, PALOMA PRESS! I was happy to blurb its first poetry book, BLUE by Wesley St. Jo and Reme-Antonia Grefalda:
Never mind fairy tales! Reality can offer enchantment! As in BLUE’s unique tale of the luminosity in a pair of eyes expanding to blue the world with all the shades and nuance of a color that’s apt for many things literal or metaphorical: sky, sorrow, the ocean, sunlight, a telephone, “some yesterday tune,” and “belonging obviously to you" … 

Elsewhere, I also blurbed this forthcoming poetry collection:
On EGOCENTRICITY: TIME SPIN by Phyllis Ann Shaw: 
Phyllis movingly describes a life in these poems, a life that blossomed through “the growing pain of growing.” As she notes, “things … / cannot remain constant.” With empathy, she meditates over life’s moments and comes to share valuable lessons for the receptive reader. It is apt—and believable—that she ends her collection by sharing, “it has been told / … that things of gold / glitter // but I find / that other things shine.” Phyllis, herself, shines with these poems.

Speaking of publications, here's my latest Relished W(h)ines update of recently imbibed books and wines.  As ever, please note that in the Publications section, if you see an asterisk before the title, that means a review copy is available for Galatea Resurrects!  More info on that HERE


PUBLICATIONS
BLUE, poems by Wesley St. Jo and Reme-Antonia Grefalda (see above blurb)

EGOCENTRICITY: TIME SPIN, poems by Phyllis Ann Shaw (in manuscript; see above blurb)

CLAIMING BREATH by Diane Glancy (fabulous. LinkedIntoPoetryRecommendation (LPR) #265)

HISTORY NOW, poetry/memoir by Basil King (super and superb)

SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR, poems by John Ashbery (my NaPoMo 2017 project—to disrupt the disruptive Ashbery)

POROUS BORDERS, poems by David Giannini (outstanding, unleavened)

RICKSHAW CHASM, poems by David Giannini and collages by John Digby (wonderful)

FOUR PLUS FOUR, poems by David Giannini (wonderful 2)

BLACKACRE, poems by Monica Youn

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF OCTAVIO PAZ 1957-1987, Edited by Eliot Weinberger

THE GILLES POEM: WINTER 2006 COLLECTION by Sabrina Calle

*  WHERESO, poems by Karen Volkmann

*  IN MEMORY OF AN ANGEL, poems by David Shapiro

*  GATES & FIELDS, poems by Jennifer Firestone

*  ON A CLEAR DAY, poems and lyric essays by Jasmine Dreame Wagner

*  CHRYSANTHEMUM MOON, poems by Gerry Grubbs

*  TRANSOM, poems by Rick Mullin

*  DATA PRIMER, poems by Marthe Reed

*  WEATHERED REPORTS: TRUMP SURROGATE QUOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, poetry/art collaboration by Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley

*  POST-REEL, poems by Nate Logan

*  DONALD TRUMP AND THE POCKET ORACLE, poems by Jared Schickling

*  DEFYING TRUMPLANDIA, PART II: PITHY PEMINIST POETRY by Melinda Luisa de Jesus

*  POST HOPE, poems by Geneva Chao

*  SO THAT THEY SHALL NOT SAY THIS IS JEZEBEL, poems by Aliki Barnstone

*  POESY FOR THE POTUS … OUT DONALDCITO, poems by Chuck Richardson

*  SANCTUARY, poems by Therese Bachand

*  THE OWL STILL ASKING, poems by Kath Abela Wilson

*  DUMPED THROUGH, poems b Ronald Mars Lintz

*  THE INAUGURAL POEMS by John Bellinger

*  ADIOS, TRUMPLANDIA!, poems by Melinda Luisa de Jesus

*  IMPROVISATIONS AGAINST PROPAGANDA, poetry and vizpo by Jim Leftwich

*  SHATTERED WINDOW ESPIONAGE, poems by Matina L. Stamatakis

*  HOW FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA, poems by Steve Klepetar

*  OF GOOD COUNSEL, poems by Magus Magnus

*  LA POLICE, poems by Bill Lavender

*  WE ALL SAW IT COMING, poems by Bill Yarrow

*  NOVEMBER ODDS, poems by Gary Hardaway

*  THE BEAST TURNS ME INTO A TANTRUMBEAST, poems by Agnes Marton

*  PROSPECTORS, poems by Eric Mohrman

*  IF WE WERE BIRDS, poems by Janine Harrison

*  WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY, poems by Michael Vander Does

* THE MILO CHOIR SINGS WILD BOYS IN TRUMPLANDIA, poems by John Moore Williams

*  OCCUPY THE INAUGURAL, poems by Stephen Russell

*  BURNING TIDE, poems by James Robison

*  A RAGGED TEAR DOWN THE MIDDLE OF OUR FLAG, poems by Ron Czerwien

*  PRISON AND OTHER IDEAS, poems by Andrea Sloan Pink

*  I’M THE PRESIDENT, YOU ARE NOT, poems by Agnes Marton

*  FAHRENHATE, poems by Jackie Oh

*  WITHOUT METAPHORS, poems by Maryam Ala Amjadi

*  AUSTERE LIGHTS, poems by Ali Znaidi

*  GARDENING WITH WALLACE STEVENS, poems by Kathleen S Burgess

*  AT / WITH, poems by Gary Lundy

*  JAMES BROWN’S WIG AND OTHER POEMS by Melinda Luisa de Jesus

* DRIFTWOOD MONSTER: HAIKU FOR TROUBLED TIMES by Kath Abela Wilson

*  THEY WENT TO THE BEACH TO PLAY, poems by Wendy Taylor Carlisle

* INTERSYLLABIC WEFT, poems by Maria Damon, Adeena Karasick, and Alan Sondheim

*  THE ABSENCE OF THE LOVED, poems by Wade Stevenson

*  LITANIES SAID HANDEDLY, poetry, collage and performance by Ralph La Charity

*  THE SACRED QUIVER, haiku by Alysse Aallyn

*  HARPOON, poems by Michael Cavendish

FIELD GUIDE TO AUTOBIOGRAPHY, poems by Melissa Eleftherion

THE TATTERS, poems by Brenda Coultas

BRINK, poems by Shanna Compton

DICTEE, poetry/multi-genre by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

NOTEBOOK AND SHEAVES, poems by Christopher Mulrooney

DAYS OF UNWITTING, poems by Cal Bedient

THE ROOTS OF A THOUSAND EMBRACES: DIALOGUES by Juan Felipe Herrera

THE RAIN IN PORTUGAL, poems by Billy Collins

BROOKLYN POETS ANTHOLOGY edited by Jason Koo and Joe Pan

[FILIPINO-AMERICAN EKPHRASIS / working title], poems by Joel Abellanosa (in manuscript)

* NEVERTHELESS, #SHEPERSISTED, NO. 3, poems edited by Barbara Jane Reyes

THE MARSH HAWK PRESS REVIEW, Spring 2017, edited by Mary Mackey

CONTEMPORARY LITERARY HORIZON, literary magazine curated by Daniel Dragomirescu

The section Power and/of/in Poetry in THE VOLTA, edited by Evie Shockley

THE HATRED OF POETRY, essay by Ben Lerner (wonderful! LPR #266)

THE POETRY PROJECT NEWSLETTER #251, April/May 2017 edited by Betsy Fagin

SHORT TALKS by Anne Carson

SLOW READING / SLOW SEEING, Cal Conversations monograph for Lyn Hejinian’s research seminar at U.C. Berkeley for exhibition, Berkeley Museum of Art, Jan. 18-April 20, 2017

A RIVER, ONE-WOMAN DEEP: STORIES by Linda Ty-Casper

FICTIONARY: NEW AND AWARD-WINNING STORIES by Jenny Ortuoste


WINES
2003 M. Chapoutier L’Ermite Ermitage
2009 David Duband Nuits-Saint-Georges
2014 Layer Cake Pinot Noir
2005 Fritz Haag Braueberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese
2013 Angela Estate pinot noir Willamette
2001 Ch. La Veille Cure Fronsac
2014 Ebner-Ebenauer Gruner Veltliner Weinviertel
2015 The Forager pinot noir Sonoma Coast
2014 Volunteer cabernet NV
2014 Frogs Leap zinfandel
2010 Domaine de la Janasse Torre d’Argile Cotes du Rhone
Wine Club (4/1)
1995 Blanc es Millenaires champagne
2004 Etienne Sauzet Chevalier Montrachet
2004 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet
2004 Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Trockenbeerenauslese
1971 Aldo Conterno Granbussia
1993 Robert Groffier Bonnes-Mares
1978 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo
1998 Henschke Hill of Grace
1990 Ch. d’Yquem
1961 Giacomo Conterno Barolo (madeirized)





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

GALATEA RESURRECTS IS FRESH FOR APRIL!


I'm delighted to share that another installment of Galatea Resurrects presents more new reviews, a total of 15. You can see the issue HERE, but here are the contents below for convenience. Thanks as ever to our volunteer reviewers (and do note I'm always looking for reviewers and reviews!).

APRIL:

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)


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SPEAKING OF MARVELS!


I'm grateful to William Woolfitt for inviting me to speak on chaps over at Speaking of Marvels! Unless I misremember, this is actually the first time that I've done an all-chaps-focus interview or presentation.  Here, you'll learn my favorite chap ever -- a piece of work that physically deteriorated from my handling of it... The interview is HERE.

Of course I should also thank Bill Allegrezza and Moria Books' Locofo series for publishing my IMMIGRANT chapbook, the focus of my interview -- but also all the publishers of all of my chapbooks which I list below. Salamuch! All these years I thought I'd been focused on books but it took Speaking of Marvels for me to realize just how many chaps I'd produced!

After The Egyptians Determined The Shape of the World is a Circle, 1996
Enheduanna in the 21st Century, 2002
There, Where the Pages Would End, 2003
Crucial Bliss Epilogues, 2004
The Estrus Gaze(s), 2005
SONGS OF THE COLON, 2005
It’s Curtains, 2006
The Singer and Others: Flamenco Hay(na)ku, 2007
Roman Holiday, 2010
44 RESURRECTIONS, 2014
DUENDE IN THE ALLEYS, 2015
EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME, 2016
The Gilded Age of Kickstarters, 2016
TO BE AN EMPIRE IS TO BURN, 2017
If They Hadn't Worn White Hoods, 8 Million Would Have Shown Up in the Photographs (with John Bloomberg-Rissman), 2017
WHAT SHIVERING MONKS COMPREHEND, 2017
IMMIGRANT: Hay(na)ku & Other Poems in a New Land, 2017
COMPREHENDING MORTALITY (with John Bloomberg-Rissman), 2017
WINTER ON WALL STREET: A Novella-in-Verse, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

AN AFTERMATH POEM


I'm re-writing John Ashbery and, this morning, this poem came out:


Witnessed in the Convex Mirror
(#3 Trumping Syria)

Tomorrow is easy, but today is uncharted
which means the days need not be desolate
though the President just bombed another
country whose name makes it far-off, thus
theoretical. It’s all perspective, you sigh, tired
knowing the thought is not original. But this
is what happens when your President bombs
another country—the Poem, exhausted, resorts
to clichés and lacks the requisite imagery.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

MANHATTAN: AN ARCHAEOLOGY

This happened fairly quickly--unexpectedly, a new press but which I've been admiring for its  gorgeously-designed products, asked me for a manuscript. You know me: manuscripts I can do! So I gave them something I'd been putting together on the urban theme. When I edited it for submission, I realized I could narrow the title's focus from URBAN to what it is: MANHATTAN.  So I'm pleased to share the cover of my next book from Paloma Press (click on images to enlarge), MANHATTAN: An Archaeology:


And I thought that it'd be interesting to see some of the images that arose as the cover design developed--these are some of the images that were passed (in chronological order) until the cover was finalized:








The chair is a Side Chair from the Herter Brothers of New York, one of the first furniture makers and interior decorating firms in the U.S. after the Civil War. As you can see from the 2nd and 3rd images in the 5-image line-up, the chair's image at first was left undisrupted. I posited (and partly to reflect the poems) that the chair should be disrupted as one usually is not looking at an undamaged relic in archaeology and to reflect the non-classical content of the book. I actually love the above fifth image but, for book cover purposes, it'd be too busy once text (title and byline) is added, per below:


Thus we ended up with my favorite color, blue, for background.

My thanks to Aileen Cassinetto and Cecilia Ibardaloza for book design. They did a great job!



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MY LATEST REVIEW OF MORIA BOOKS' LOCOFO CHAP SERIES


For a good cause, I'll review for others besides Galatea Resurrects. Here's my review of Moria Books' locofo series for Glass: A Journal of Poetry--you can see it HERE, but here's an excerpt:
With hindsight, locofo chaps' success is not surprising. While its genius is partly based on a sufficient number of poets participating in the project, locofo chaps also contains strong conceptual underpinnings. A key is Allegrezza's plan (already underway) for the locofo chaps to be sent to the President himself. It was this facet of his plan that grabbed my attention when I first learned of the series, for it elevates the project beyond being only about publishing. Sending the chapbooks to the White House means that locofo chaps is de facto creating literature's own protest rally. Literature's own protest rally — that's ingenious. If the new President "does not read," to quote from a common charge tossed at him, then literature can be another constituent that protests at its erasure or marginalization, just like immigrants, refugees, transgenders, women, and others who have felt attacked by the administration. Thus, does literature protest. Thus, do (chap)books protest. Literature's own protest rally — that's ingenious. If the new President "does not read," to quote from a common charge tossed at him, then literature can be another constituent that protests at its erasure or marginalization, just like immigrants, refugees, transgenders, women, and others who have felt attacked by the administration. Thus, does literature protest. Thus, do (chap)books protest.
There's some overlap with what I said earlier in my Galatea Resurrects review, but with different featured authors and an update on one of locofo's results: the new press, Paloma Press! Individual resistance actions can have unexpected and wide-ranging effects. Never silence yourself!

Last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS and much respect to publisher William Allegrezza for having achieved what initially seemed improbable: 100 chaps in 100 days! Indeed, it looks like the total number of chaps will exceed a hundred ... such is the extent of this Resistance!


Monday, April 3, 2017

ARS POETICA (Version # 6,031,031)



A single-sitting poem--imperfect but a token for National Poetry Month:


THE POET OF EXPERIENCE

suggested I publish no more
than one poetry book
every five years—

something about limited
markets

something about how
each book can cannibal
-ize another book’s
audience

My mother never ceased
relishing how I
as a two-year-old
refused dolls
to fold and Crayola
(in Philippine English
brand names become verbs)
so many pieces of paper—

I was meant to make books!
Mama said, clapping her hands
from sheer pleasure
with her daughter, ink
smudges on her cheeks
and yellow, polka-dotted
dress fringed with lace

2017 brings offers from
five different publishers
in three countries

I clap my hands from
sheer pleasure, rubbing
them greedily over
the possibilities

before foregoing two
to give time instead
to other authors
by publishing them

To “make” books
is not synonymous
with to “write” books

To be a reader
is to understand
Literature benefits
from more writers
as much as more

readers

When I look at
darkened fingertips
it is difficult
to determine
the source of ink:

something I wrote?
something I read?

My former mentor
got it wrong:

Poetry is an ours, not my—

Never hold back