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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

MAKING THE NOVEL!

I'm delighted to announce a new project that's focused on the arduous challenge of writing the novel. I invite you to read, participate (whether, as a novelist, you're published or unpublished), and/or spread the word to novel-lovers and novelists who may be interested in participating. The project is MAKING THE NOVEL. You can see it at its link, but here also is the inaugural release's Table of Contents for convenience:

The MAKING THE NOVEL project is divided into three parts:

EXCERPTS FROM UNPUBLISHED or IN-PROGRESS NOVELS

EXCERPTS THAT HAD BEEN DELETED FROM PUBLISHED NOVELS

EXCERPTS FROM FAILED NOVELS

We are grateful to the novelists, published and unpublished, for participating. Click on names below to go to the writers' contributions:

A Project Introduction & Submissions Information
Eileen R. Tabios

EXCERPTS FROM UNPUBLISHED or IN-PROGRESS NOVELS
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Lynn Crawford
Heather L. Davis
Martha King
Monica Macansantos
Sandy McIntosh
Jose Padua
Tony Robles

Forthcoming:
M. Evelina Galang
Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor
Cristina Querrer
More To Come


EXCERPTS THAT HAD BEEN DELETED FROM PUBLISHED NOVELS
Sesshu Foster
Mary Mackey

Forthcoming:
Eric Gamalinda
Reine Arcache Melvin
Renee Macalino Rutledge
More To Come


EXCERPTS FROM "FAILED NOVELS" (as defined by their writers)
Ken Edwards
Brian Marley
Eileen R. Tabios
More To Come


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

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Submission Information: If you are interested in sharing an excerpt or deleted excerpt from your novel, go HERE for information.
Contact: email Eileen R. Tabios, at nalandaten at gmail dot com


Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed. – Ray Bradbury


When I complete a novel I set it aside, and begin work on short stories, and eventually another long work. When I complete that novel I return to the earlier novel and rewrite much of it. In the meantime the second novel lies in a desk drawer. – Joyce Carol Oates


The things that the novel does not say are necessarily more numerous than those it does say and only a special halo around what is written can give the illusion that you are reading also what is not written. – Italo Calvino


"When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done." — Stephen King



Monday, June 29, 2020

"ROBOT COSPLAY"--THE FRENCH VERSION!

I've never been there, but I love Brussels. Which is to say, as soon as online publishing became possible, I glommed onto that train! Recall the early days of that artificial controversy of online vs print publishing, i.e. that print publishing supposedly is better? But if one focuses on audience versus reputation, it's logical to support online venues as such significantly expands readership. So back to Brussels--today I received my contributor's copy of the Belgian literary/arts journal On peut se permettre where one of my poems, "ROBOT COSPLAY," is presented in French translation. The translator Fanny Garin found my poem online and was moved to translate.
I never would have seen my poems in different countries than the U.S. or translated in other languages without online publishing. What I also love about this process is that my poems are speaking for themselves. As their author, I'm not doing any pitching blather about how great they are--the poems are read and judged solely based on their merit before they might pique a translator's (or any reader's) interest. Merveilleux!
I present them below because, although I'm not fluent in French, I think my poem looks lovely in that dress! Merci!
And I'm also presenting them here because they are in a print journal. Quelle belle ironie!



(Click on images to expand)


Thursday, June 25, 2020

PLEASURE & THE POETRY INTRODUCTION

Reading Yusef Kumonyakaa's Introduction to Ai's THE COLLECTED POEMS made me pause to consider: I rarely derive pleasure from reading such introductions to poetry. The introductions may be educational, well-considered, erudite, etc but, for me, they've not usually generated pleasure. So, perhaps for the first time, I finally found myself relishing--wallowing--in this form.

But it's not just because Kumonyakaa is writing prose well here--an achievement by itself (I just finished an hour before writing this post a conversation with another poet about how it's rare that poets can write prose well). I suspect his Introduction is generating so much pleasure because the poems, themselves, are meatily-pleasurable. It's quite respectful--though logical if one knows the charisma of Ai's poems--for Kumonyakaa to allow the poems to lead and hold their sway (many critics writing about poetry fail to achieve the balance of presenting their response versus the existence of the poems themselves).

Thus, it's a pleasure to say--I not only recommend Ai's poems in this book, but even the Introduction to it. If it's not the first time, it's the first time in a looooong time that I've ever said that about such an introduction.






Monday, June 22, 2020

LAUNCHING PAGPAG THROUGH FB LIVE!

You are invited to

"The Dictator's Aftermath: A Conversation"
which will also launch Eileen R. Tabios' new book of short stories, 
PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora

To participate, please go HERE for Facebook Live details.

The event starts at 5 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, July 18, 2020 
(July 19, Sunday, 8 a.m. Philippine time)


PAGPAG Author: Eileen R. Tabios
Moderator: Joi Barrios
Panelists: Fr. Bert Alejo, Nerissa Balce, Red Constantino, S. Lily Mendoza
Co-Hosts: Aileen Cassinetto, Michelle Bautista

Link information for PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora –


BIOS

Eileen R. Tabios has released over 60 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in ten countries and cyberspace. Recent releases include a short story collection, PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora and a poetry collection, The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019. Forthcoming soon is her third bilingual edition (English/Thai), INCULPATORY EVIDENCE: Covid-19 Poems. Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku, a 21st century diasporic poetic form, and the MDR Poetry Generator that can create poems totaling theoretical infinity, as well as a first poetry book, Beyond Life Sentences, which received the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry. Translated into 11 languages, she has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. More information is available at http://eileenrtabios.com

Joi Barrios-Leblanc has published three books of poetry, including the Filipina feminist classic Ang Pagiging Babae ay Pamumuhay sa Panahon ng Digma /To Be Woman is to Live at a Time of War (Babaylan Women’s Publishing Collective, 1990). She is the author of a collection of plays, Bailaya (University of the Philippines Press, 1997), and her dissertation, Mula sa Mga Pakpak ng Entablado: Poetika ng Dulaang Kababaihan (University of the Philippines Press, 2006), is a study of Filipina playwrights. She has won several national writing awards in the Philippines: the Weaver of History Award, given to one hundred Filipinas for their contributions to Philippine society by the National Centennial Commission, 1998; the TOWNS Award (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service), 2004; and the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas (National Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Award) for Poetry in Filipino, 2016. Barrios currently teaches Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Albert E. Alejo ("Paring Bert") is a Filipino Jesuit priest who worked with trade unions and informal labour groups in Manila before earning a doctorate degree in social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is founder of Ehem! Anti-corruption Initiative and author of Tao Po! Tuloy!: Isang Landas ng Pag-Unawa sa Loob ng TaoGenerating Energies In Mount Apo: Cultural Politics In A Contested EnviromentNabighani: Mga Saling Tula ng Kapwa Nilikha, and other works. He teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University, and his areas of specialization include Christian Social Ethics: Corruption and Violence and the Formation of Social Conscience, Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, and Methods of Research for Doctor of Ministry.

Nerissa S. Balce is an Associate professor of Asian American studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Her research focuses on race, gender, state violence and popular culture in the U.S. and the Philippines. She is co-curator of the online art project, Dark Lens / Lente ng Karimlan: The Filipino Camera in Duterte’s Republic, an online exhibition of Philippine photographs of the drug war featuring commissioned poems and captions by 40 scholars and artists from the Philippines and North America.  Dark Lens  is currently on view at SUNY Stony Brook's  Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy website. Balce is the author of the book, Body Parts of Empire: Visual Abjection, Filipino Images and the American Archive , winner of the 2018 Best Book award in Cultural Studies from the Filipino Section of the Association for Asian American Studies. The book was also a finalist for the best book in the social sciences for the 2018 Philippine National Book Awards. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. 

Renato Redentor ("Red") Constantino is the Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and the author of The Poverty of Memory: Essays on History and Empire. He is anthologized in Letters to the Earth (HarperCollins, 2019) with Yoko Ono, Mary Oliver, Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance, Humanity (Paloma Press, 2018) with Eileen Tabios, Laura Mullen, and Murzban F. Shroff, Literary Encounters: A Comprehensive Worktext in 21st Century Literature from the Philippines (University of San Carlos Press, 2016), and the Japanese publication The World Can be Changed: An Anthology for Posterity (TUP/Seven Forest Bookstore, Tokyo: 2004), along with Ariel Dorfman, Jane Goodall, Chalmers Johnson, and Sami Ramadani. As head of ICSC, he published and contributed to the anthology, Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change (ICSC, 2014), which was awarded three national book awards. He writes for several publications, and his essays on history, memory, environment and development have been translated into several languages. Red also manages the Constantino Foundation which is dedicated to advancing the idea of a usable history, where lessons from the past become active elements of the present.

S. Lily Mendoza (she, her, hers) is a native of San Fernando, Pampanga in Central Luzon, Philippines, the traditional homeland of the Ayta peoples. She is a Professor of Culture and Communication at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan and the current Director of the Center for Babaylan Studies (CfBS), a non-profit organization on Turtle Island (North America) offering educational programming aimed at facilitating decolonization and pagbabalik-loob (recovery of an indigenous way of being in the world) among Filipinos in the diaspora.  She is the author of Between the Homeland and the Diaspora: The Politics of Theorizing Filipino and Filipino American Identities and lead editor of Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory and has also published widely in various cultural and native studies journals and anthologies on questions of identity and subjectivity, cultural politics in national, post- and trans- national contexts, discourses of indigenization, race, and ethnicity, and, more recently, civilization and climate change.






Monday, June 15, 2020

COVID19 BOOKS!

I'm grateful to editor/publisher Mark Young and Otoliths for creating a book out of my March diary in The Time of the Coronavirus. You can get the book TINY STICKERS: A COVID-19 AUTOBIOGRAPHY through HERE.


As Otoliths describes the book,
Part four of Otoliths fifty-seven is Eileen R. Tabios' TINY STICKERS: A COVID-19 AUTOBIOGRAPHY, an illustrated diary which details how poetry, fruit stickers, & an eventual absence of bananas helped keep the pandemic at bay.
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Though I didn't plan it, this ends up being one of two Covid19-related books I'll be releasing this year. The second will be, INCULPATORY EVIDENCE, my third bilingual edition which also features the first time I'll be translated into Thai. More details on that to come.



Thursday, June 4, 2020

THE HAY(NA)KU AS GARGOYLE!

As world-traveler hay(na)ku visits schools, I'm delighted to share a poem by Brianna Hobson, a student at a CUNY LaGuardia course called "Poetry Workshop" and taught by professor-poet Thomas Fink. Thank you, Brianna!


GARGOYLE 
By Brianna Hobson

I, 
Misanthrope Vampyre.
Erotic, macabre—gothic

I,
Medieval Trickster.
Counterculture creature-feature

I, 
Ghoulish decoration. 
Serpent on Cathedral

I,
Négresse poseur—
Tar baby black.

I,
Perfectly camouflaged,
Among dark flesh—

In,
Mourning garb,
Toe to head.

Charcoal
visage—covered
in whiteface makeup.

Hunchback—
—of Notre 
Dame—French Ogre.

lifestyle
is blasphemous—
Horrible, fiendish, Nietzschean!

The
crows and
ravens caw over

what 
about me
isn’t ‘black enough’

Graveyard 
Poet grieves 
for underground culture.

Basilica 
Moor nobody—
Silhouette of stone

Flying
buttresses—of  
self-loathing. Gargouille?


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A few more students also wrote in hay(na)ku. If their poems become available for sharing, I'll be delighted to feature more on this space. I feel blessed!

And if anyone wants to learn more about the hay(na)ku, go to its link ... and here's my latest hay(na)ku book:




Friday, May 29, 2020

GRADUATING FROM BARNARD COLLEGE TO ...



I’m grateful but also stunned by this unexpected article on me “By Barnard Archives and Special Collections.” I wasn’t expecting it, and felt a variety of emotions as I read through it. I feel a little shocked, to tell the truth, because this article  is the first time I get to have a sense of what a third-party would say about my life  based on researching what’s out there. It’s sort of a version of a life which is not immediately familiar to me. That is, while there’s nothing inaccurate in the article, the matters that are emphasized are different choices than what I would have made – thereby giving a different sense of the life that I thought I’d lived. I suppose that’s the difference between biography and autobiography, and/or biography written with or without the subject’s involvement. Anyway, I can only be grateful to Barnard College for the love. And gratitude to BC Class of 2020 students Sarah Barlow-Ochshorn and Jenna Jaquez

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I should also thank certain poetry groups whose past attention on me or my works ended up being part of Barnard’s sources:
The Argotist
Jacket
Marsh Hawk Press
Our Own Voice
Poetry Foundation
WritingLikeAnAsian

Thursday, May 28, 2020

THE HAY(NA)KU VISITS CUNY LAGUARDIA!

Sometimes, world-traveler hay(na)ku visits schools. I'm delighted to share a poem by Janessa Graham, a student at a CUNY LaGuardia course called "Poetry Workshop" and taught by professor-poet Thomas Fink. At this course, Janessa wrote--and thank you, Janessa!


Its Truth-By Janessa Graham
(Co-inspired by Robert Creeley’s “The Language” and Eileen Tabios’s Hay(na)ku)


            Poetry,
its truth
is a persona’s

            lyrical
dancing through 
pen taps on

            floor
piece, the
living, the crux

            posture,
of visceral
the sculpt of

            its
body matter.



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A few more students also wrote in hay(na)ku. If their poems become available for sharing, I'll be delighted to feature more on this space. I feel blessed!

And if anyone wants to learn more about the hay(na)ku, go to its link ... and here's my latest hay(na)ku book:








Saturday, May 9, 2020

DAY 7/7 FOR MINIATURE BOOK SOCIETY


I’m a new member of the Miniature Book Society and I was nominated to post 7 books for MBS’ Facebook page. "Miniature" books are sized at 3-4 inches or less. I’ll be replicating the posts on this blog for the next 7 days.

DAY 7/7  My favorite miniature book covers

MBS
My favorite miniature book covers
MBS

I’ve been sharing books by some of today’s contemporary poets. My 7th presentation involves one of my poems but focuses on contemporary sculptor/storyteller Raelinda Woad. She creates gorgeous metal-based books which lend themselves to jewelry and the second-to-last image shows some from my collection of her works. Raelinda’s works interest me because she also used her small sculptures to bind her short stories. Her materials include steel, brass, etched glass, opals, and sea glass. The particular book I present is where she used one of her sculptures to bind one of my prose poems, “Returning The Borrowed Tongue.” Her pages all unfold in the accordion format and her books are sized at 
1.25” X 1” X .25”. An exception, as shown on last image, is her 1” x 1” dragonfly series of books all containing the word “Peace” in 14 languages.






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Today I nominate any new member of MBS. I love seeing all the books already shared, AND I’m also interested in the *gateway* books—those that made you discover mini books or the first books you’re collecting. Some of the books I’m posting, for example, were created before I knew that miniature books were a thing. So I nominate MBS New Member #7.
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This is a challenge for contributing to the spread of reading culture. The method of participation is to post a favorite book, one book per day, for 7 days. You upload some images with a short explanation about the book and invite one FB friend to participate in this challenge.


Friday, May 8, 2020

DAY 6/7 FOR MINIATURE BOOK SOCIETY


I’m a new member of the Miniature Book Society and I was nominated to post 7 books for MBS’ Facebook page. "Miniature" books are sized at 3-4 inches or less. I’ll be replicating the posts on this blog for the next 7 days.


DAY 6/7  My favorite miniature book covers

MBS

I’m sharing books by some of today’s contemporary poets. My sixth presentation is of a family-oriented series, books by Melinda Luisa de Jesus and her children Malaya (8-years-old) and Stinson (13-years-old). While Melinda is a noted feminist/peminist scholar, she is also an artist/poet who raises her children accordingly. In recent years, Melinda underwent training in the letterpress arts at the San Francisco Center for the Book where she studied with Mary Laird and became certified to use the Vandercook cylinder press; she started her own press, "Latenight Letterpress/peminology." She printed these three books published by Minitage Editions entitled MANGOS (by Melinda), SPAM (by Stinson), and MERMAIDS (by Malaya). These are all 3 x 3 inch accordion books handprinted from polymer plates on Stonehenge and Nepali paper.

All of the poems are in the Filipino diasporic “hay(na)ku” form that is based on three lines with the first line being one word, the second line two words, and the third line three words. It’s, thus, nifty that the authors also number three! As well, I present the hay(na)ku and this Filipino-Pennsylvania Dutch family because it’s Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month here in the United States and Melinda is a Filipina-American with Pilipinx kids.





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Today I nominate any new member of MBS. I love seeing all the books already shared, AND I’m also interested in the *gateway* books—those that made you discover mini books or the first books you’re collecting. Some of the books I’m posting, for example, were created before I knew that miniature books were a thing. So I nominate MBS New Member #6.
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This is a challenge for contributing to the spread of reading culture. The method of participation is to post a favorite book, one book per day, for 7 days. You upload some images with a short explanation about the book and invite one FB friend to participate in this challenge.




Thursday, May 7, 2020

DAY 5/7 FOR MINIATURE BOOK SOCIETY


I’m a new member of the Miniature Book Society and I was nominated to post 7 books for MBS’ Facebook page. "Miniature" books are sized at 3-4 inches or less. I’ll be replicating the posts on this blog for the next 7 days.

DAY 5/7  My favorite miniature book covers

MBS

I’m sharing books—some handmade—by some of today’s contemporary poets. These are one-off editions and likely would not be shown elsewhere. My fifth book is ZIMZALLA OBJECT 005 by Canadian poet Derek Beaulieu, sized at 1 x 1 inches. The 2011 book comes in a cotton bag containing a magnifying glass and was produced through zimZalla, a publishing project managed by stellar U.K. poet/writer Tom Jenks. Beaulieu is well-known and respected in contemporary radical visual and concrete poetry; reviewer Suzannah Evans writes about this particular book:
… Beaulieu constructs images which use letters, rather than whole words (as with some concrete poems). The letters are combined with line drawings and this results in tiny intricate graphics, many of which are reminiscent of visual images that already exist in our day-to-day lives; staircases, map contours, chains of molecules, pieces of machinery. There is a great breadth of style in the graphics. In some the letters are easily recognizable, some are abstract and too tiny to read. The visual styles range from dot-matrix to calligraphy.
I show two interior shots to exemplify what Evans describes; you can see her full review here at Sabotage Reviews.




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Today I nominate any new member of MBS. I love seeing all the books already shared, AND I’m also interested in the *gateway* books—those that made you discover mini books or the first books you’re collecting. Some of the books I’m posting, for example, were created before I knew that miniature books were a thing. So I nominate MBS New Member #5.
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This is a challenge for contributing to the spread of reading culture. The method of participation is to post a favorite book, one book per day, for 7 days. You upload some images with a short explanation about the book and invite one FB friend to participate in this challenge.



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

DAY 4/7 FOR MINIATURE BOOK SOCIETY


I’m a new member of the Miniature Book Society and I was nominated to post 7 books for MBS’ Facebook page. "Miniature" books are sized at 3-4 inches or less. I’ll be replicating the posts on this blog for the next 7 days.

DAY 4/7  My favorite miniature book covers

MBS

I’m sharing books—some handmade—by some of today’s contemporary poets. These are one-off editions and likely would not be shown elsewhere. My fourth book is GRINGOSTROIKA by Jules Boykoff, sized at about 4 x 2.5 inches. Yet this post is more about its publisher, Dusie which was founded by poet Susana Gardner (you can read about Dusie). As shown through Jules’ book, Dusie released/releases small poetry books crafted from evocative paper ephemera—an approach that bespeaks the ineffability of poetry as well as a concern for the environment that manifests itself in recycling. As regards the latter, the approach also speaks to the issue of privilege, that is, how trash is defined—a relevant concern if one believes (as I do) that poetry can be found anywhere. Its approach means that book covers of the same title are often different; the last image shows five different covers to IT’S CURTAINS, one of my own books I was fortunate to have Dusie publish.

Boykoff’s book was from 2006 and part of Dusie’s innovative approach to poetry publishing. That is, not just publishing innovative poetry but disrupting traditional publishing into, for example, coop efforts. Thus, you can see the pun on Title Page about how it calls its book a “WE/E” book, not just referencing “wee” but also the homonym “we”.





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Today I nominate any new member of MBS. I love seeing all the books already shared, AND I’m also interested in the *gateway* books—those that made you discover mini books or the first books you’re collecting. Some of the books I’m posting, for example, were created before I knew that miniature books were a thing. So I nominate MBS New Member #4.

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This is a challenge for contributing to the spread of reading culture. The method of participation is to post a favorite book, one book per day, for 7 days. You upload some images with a short explanation about the book and invite one FB friend to participate in this challenge.




Tuesday, May 5, 2020

BOOK 3/7 FOR MINIATURE BOOK SOCIETY


I’m a new member of the Miniature Book Society and I was nominated to post 7 books for MBS’ Facebook page. "Miniature" books are sized at 3-4 inches or less. I’ll be replicating the posts on this blog for the next 7 days.


DAY 3/7  My favorite miniature book covers

MBS
I’m sharing books—some handmade—by some of today’s contemporary poets. My third book is THE STARS LOOK VERY DIFFERENT TODAY: A DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE put together shortly after his death. It was curated/published by Poems-for-all, arguably the leading contemporary poetry publisher in the miniature book format, with books at about 1.75” x 2”.  This video of how poet/poetry lover/ex-bookseller Robert Hansen creates his books is enchanting and recommended.  Poems-for-all has an idealistic vision for the press to distribute tiny books of poetry worldwide like Johnny Appleseed in his day; his website notes, “Little books of poetry, scattered like seeds,” and Missouri’s Poet laureate Karen Craigo says about it, “I love the comparison, since lovers of poetry know how some words can take root in us and, to continue the metaphor, bear fruit forever.” (Craigo’s comments are at a review HERE). It’s worth noting that these books aren’t sold but distributed however the authors and publisher are able; you can get free copies by simply contacting Robert through his website https://poems-for-all.com.

In addition to the Bowie cover, I post 2 interiors shots. I’m also posting the cover to the latest Poems-for-all book I just received, IN A STATION OF THE METRO just because it presents my favorite couplet in literature (most poets will never write a mere 2 lines that warrant a book!):

IN A STATION OF THE METRO
By Ezra Pound

The apparition of these faces in the crowd:
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Poems-for-all also shows how a superb use of graphics can elevate modest production values (stapled card stock), so I’m showing covers from a random sampling of their books—all vivid and pleasing to the eye! Finally, as we all like seeing books as collections, too, I end with a photo of how I shelve my Poems-for-all books: I took a desk drawer organizer, upended it on its side, and created a bookcase!

P.S. I add a photo of me reading one of their books with one of their tiny bookmarks!







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Today I nominate any new member of MBS. I love seeing all the books already shared, AND I’m also interested in the *gateway* books—those that made you discover mini books or the first books you’re collecting. Some of the books I’m posting, for example, were created before I knew that miniature books were a thing. So I nominate MBS New Member #3.
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This is a challenge for contributing to the spread of reading culture. The method of participation is to post a favorite book, one book per day, for 7 days. You upload some images with a short explanation about the book and invite one FB friend to participate in this challenge.