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.

Saturday, July 27, 2019



I wish to celebrate Leny Strobel’s new book GLIMPSES which was created using my MDR Poetry Generator as a scaffolding. MDR is my sixth poetry performance/conceptual project  and it—along with the hay(na)ku (and possibly one more that’s still in the oven)—look to become my top two/three longest-lived projects.  I’ve long been interested in scale and duration and I appreciate their legs because it never relies on me as author but on others as readers/audience. That’s the slippery nature of Poetry, how it can’t be tied down to authorial desire—I’ve long respected its alchemical nature. The hay(na)ku is on its 16thyear and MDR on its 6thyear and may they continue to thrive.

Anyway, if you care to see if MDR might trigger something in you, an easy way is to get its monograph MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION which includes Study Questions and a Workshop Suggestion, making it useful for workshops and prompts—it triggered an entire book from Leny, painting from Matt Manalo, poems from Carol Dorf, Jim Leftwich, Mike Gullickson, Joy McDowell, among others, and even reviewers who intended initially just to review the book. You can see some audience engagements HERE. Here also is a good background essay about MDR over at Jacket2.

But for now, I celebrate Leny’s creativity and courage in writing GLIMPSES. If possible, please support with a purchase; a portion of sales proceeds for the rest of the year also will go to the valuable Center for Babaylan Studies.

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