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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


What a beautiful cover -- lovely painting by Pascale Gouverneur for Felino Soriano's new poetry collection:
Click on image to enlarge and you'll see that Felino's is one of three books I recently blurbed:

On Parts of love by Dina S. Paulson-McEwen
Methinks “g (space) hyphen (space) d” would not mind these poems: it’s charming, after all, to be considered “like an art project, / something to jump through, / a song that continues to be played”—lines that also operate as an ars poetica for these enchantingly skittering poems. “The ritual” is the collection’s tour de force partly for indicating rationale: Pangea, and by implication the lostness of Pangea which begot that strain (and religions) within humanity of making connections. The result are poems uplifted by its loving motivation: “for love, include: / binoculars. oprah. / megabytes of / forgiveness, / a vase of memory / strapped to our heads, /like miners. one rsvp card. /it passes between our hands /until it becomes liquid.

Even “bones [that] have begun the algebra / of breaking” cannot impede Felino A. Soriano from singing—exactly like jazz that, to quote J.J. Johnson, “won’t stay put and it never will.” In singing, Soriano continues a longtime practice of “relocating the lyric”—a way where “shatter improves stillness.” His poems come from “a voice / [that] spreads the ears, wandering before the / vanish.” If this collection is a form, it is “the form / of light”—a warm light, singing gently yet assuredly through a fracturing rain.

Irene Koronas’ poems explain why humans want to craft something like civilization. It’s not just that the uncivil can be fearsome — it’s that they make many recoil. If you’ve already smashed those rose-colored glasses, the better to see, these poems won’t repel and may even amuse you. But those still lingering (and preferring to linger) in the dimness of the cave may look at these poems with suspicion—that wouldn’t be the poet’s fault. Koronas did her job in order to write these poems: she studied and analyzed human history, including naturally its myths. The result offers unique insights with erotic charge as a bonus.


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

DADA BUDAPEST by John Olson (brilliant. There is no greater living prose poem writer. LinkedIntoPoetry (LPR) #268) 

DEAR ALMOST by Matthew Thorburn (I’ve long admired this poet’s works and this book is my favorite yet. LPR #269)


PARTS OF LOVE, poems by Dina S. Paulson-McEwen (see above blurb)

OXYGEN, poems by Julia Fiedorczuk, Translated by Bill Johnston (wonderful introduction to this Polish poet)

DAYS AND WORKS, poetry by Rachel Blau DuPlessis (marvelous)

RAYFISH, poems by Mary Hickman (fabulous. And it’s usually interesting when art criticism infuses poetry)

NINTH IOTA, poems by Irene Koronas (see above blurb)

SALAMANDER: A BESTIARY with poems by Leonard Schwartz and prints by Simon Carr (wonderful!)

GOD GOT A DOG, poems by Cynthia Rylant and illustrations by Marla Frazee (nifty and charming)

DEGRETS, poems by Anselm Berrigan (very permission-giving as regards poem-making)

*  MARAWI, poems by Albert E. Alejo and Eileen R. Tabios, Trans. by Aileen Cassinetto

* OXYGEN, poems by Julia Fiedorczuk, Trans. by Bill Johnston

* OPENING THE MOUTH OF THE DEAD, poems by Catherine Woodard

THE LAST LYRIC: SELECTED POEMS by Yu Xinqiao, Trans. by Yunte Huang

* ANYJAR, poems by Jaimie Gusman

* FORGET IT, poems by Anastacia Renee

CODIFY, poems by Irene Koronas

HOLY GHOST, poems by David Brazil

BOHR’S SPINOZA, poems by Noah Eli Gordon

CAPTAIN FLY’S BUCKET LIST, poems by Agnes Marton

* FREE FERRY, poems by Ann Cefola

* AIR TEA WITH DOLORES, poems by Djelloul Marbrook

* THE POLICE, poems by Daniel Poppick

* ADAM CANNOT BE ADAM, poems by Kelli Anne Noftle

*  CHINATOWN SONNETS by Dorothy Chan

* GAVE, poems by Cole Swensen

* FOLLOWING THE DOG DOWN, poems by John Liles

* THE ROOM IN WHICH I WORK, poems by Andrew Seguin

* PRECIS, poems by Jose Felipe Alverque

* CIVILIZATION MAKES ME LONELY, poems by Jennifer Nelson


* CODE OF SIGNALS, poems by Kenneth Sherwood

* WALKING AS A WRINKLE, poems by George J Farrah

* FROM THE OTHER ROOM, poems by Anna M. Warrock

* THE VIG OF LOVE, poems by Bill Yarrow

*  THE EROTIC POSTULATE, poems by Matthew Hittinger

*  THE MASQUE OF MARILYN, poems by Matthew Hittinger

* VIXEN, poems by Cerene Sherrard

NEAR: A LUMINESCENCE, poems by Melissa Buzzeo

YOU THEN A DANG, poems by Hoa Nguyen

HOPE ALT DELETE, poems by Nikki Dudley

SMALL CEREMONIES, poems by Cynthia Snow

RIGGER DEATH & HOIST ANOTHER, poems by Laura McCullough

FUTURES TRADING, ANTHOLOGY FOUR, poetry, prose and art edited by Caleb Puckett

OTOLITHS Issue 46, literary/arts journal edited by Mark Young

THE OFI PRESS MAGAZINE 54, literary journal edited by Jack Little

IF A FILIPINO WRITER READS DON QUIJOTE: THREE LECTURES by Alfred Yuson, Vicente G. Groyon and F. Sionil Jose (Late to this book and the 400th anniversary of Don Quijote – it’s a paradoxical project, given the *labor* required to find links between “the world’s greatest novel” and canonical Filipino writing. And I confess to being amused by said labor, that lapses (cough) to “humor” being the link. But it’s all benign. And kudos to Senor Miguel de Cervantes – it’s the rare writer with an “Institute” promoting their works 400 years after their works were writ.)


ORIZONT LITERAR CONTEMPORAN #58, literary journal edited by Daniel Dragomirescu

DISPATCHES FROM THE POETRY WARS, July 2017, literary journal coedited by Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson


THE EMPEROR’S CHILDREN, novel by Claire Messud

THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN, novel by Siri Hustvedt

RISK, novel by Colin Harrison

THE CHEMIST, novel by Stephenie Meyer

TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE, novel by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

RIGHT BEHIND YOU, novel by Lisa Gardner

THE STARS ARE FIRE, novel by Anita Shreve

THE ULTIMATUM, novel by Karen Robards

JUSTICE, novel by Karen Robards

TAKE ALL TO NEBRASKA, novel by Sophus Keith Winther

2010 Domaine De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone
2008 Blankiet Estate “Prince of Hearts” rose
2010 Altamura Negromaro
2014 Conterno Barbera d’Alba
1990 Ch. Haut Marbuzet
2011 Dancing Hares
2008 Blankiet Paradise Hills cabernet
2013 Seavey “Caravina” cabernet
2011 Retro Napa Valley petite sirah
1997 Veritas Barossa Valley cabernet/merlot
2012 Seavey merlot NV
2004 William Fevre Fourchaume chablis
2010 Domaine Rabeneau Montee de Tonnerre Chablis
2009 Alvaro Palacio Finca Dofi
Beringer Red Moscato
2016 Regusci Rose NV
2013 Mondavi Fume Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyard
2014 Mondavi cabernet
2013 Mondavi Carneros
2014 Seavey chardonnay
2013 Seavey merlot
2008 Seavey Caravina Cabernet
2013 Seavey Caravina Cabernet
2012 Seavey Cabernet
1997 Veritas Winery Mourvedre Grenache Barossa Valley
2006 Trevor Jones
2005 Alejandro Fernandez Dehesa La Granja
1994 Ferrari Carano Eldorado Gold
2012 Cercius
1996 Ch Mouton Rothschild
1996 Dunn Cabernet NV
2003 Almaviva
2014 B Cellars Maldonado chardonnay
2015 B Cellars Blend 27
2014 B Cellars Ehrlich cabernet
2014 B Cellars Kenefick cabernet
2005 hayblur “The Invictus” Limited Release Barossa Valley shiraz

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