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, May 10, 2021


It's been a while since I so relished a bit of Oulipian writing: I'm grateful to Philip Terry's novel, BONE, out from stellar Grand Iota. I found the writing charismatic -- seemingly effortless as it transcends its constraints, which is also what we want from constraint-based writing. The story's inspiration is interesting, but the story's unfolding flew impressively far from its root source -- a testament to the author's own intellect.

I'm a fan of constraint-based writing--it's a nice way to get past the limits of one's consciousness, and why I'm glad the epigraph is some wisdom from Italo Svevo (see image below). It's not a facet that will get the most attention but DOVELION is actually also written from constraints (I address that briefly at the beginning of this interview at Dichtung Yammer). I enjoyed Mr. Terry's BONE for making this approach organic--he makes the effort look easy! And the story, thus, unfolds with an unforced elegance that I much enjoyed. Do check it out.

Grand Iota, needless to say, is yet another reason why I appreciate indie publishers. Check them out at https://www.grandiota.co.uk

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