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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015


So that was fruitful dusting of the shelves of review copies for Galatea Resurrects.  I mean, I think the dust didn't go away; they just migrated to other parts of the room.  But in the process of dusting and then reorganizing the review copies, I was compelled to stop several times to read several books.  And from such reading, I was compelled to review nine books for the next issue.

I don't assign myself books to review; I just try to read widely and then will review books that surface for that type of attention -- here are what compelled my reviewing attention:

BAD BABY by Abigail Welhouse
MEMOS by Susan Terris
THERE ARE WORDS by Burt Kimmelman
DOUBLE-EDGED by Susan Terris
WARDOLLY by Elizabeth Treadwell
PASSION by Larry Kearney
ORIGAMI HEART by Andrea Bates

These are books I might not have been moved to review absent dusting. Kudos to the authors for having their works grab my attention.  I believe I read between 90 and a hundred poetry collections in this process--many of them wonderful but not books for which I thought I'd have something meaningful to say.

There were a few books that I might have reviewed based on their merit but didn't for a variety of reasons; for example, if Sheila Bare had not already reviewed--and reviewed so well--Sherman Alexie's collection, WHAT I'VE STOLEN, WHAT I'VE EARNED, I undoubtedly would have reviewed it (here's link to Sheila's review).

Anyway, the list of GR's available review copies is newly dusted and organized.  I invite you to peruse them and hopefully something will interest you in reviewing for the next issue.  Deadline is Nov. 15 though I'll take reviews sooner.  Won't you spend part of your summer vacation on a worthy poetry book or two or ...?

Thursday, May 28, 2015


"Of the 110 reviews that I have done, there are half a dozen reviews of books that Eileen Tabios has either written or edited. This has been an easy decision to make, because no two are the same." 

THANKS to Joey Madia for reviewing I FORGOT LIGHT BURNS!  Excerpts above and below, but you can see the entire review HERE.

The result of Tabios’s approach in I Forgot Light Burns is akin to a series of sutras—of gemlike word-meditations with endless facets, meditations on color and sound and humanity. Sometimes concrete, oftentimes abstract. The following have been chosen to show the variations in effect: 
“I forgot Red of cantaor’s voice becoming rusty nail pulling out of old board.” (1) 
“I forgot how quickly civilization can disappear, as swiftly as the shoreline from an oil spill birthed from a twist of the wrist by a drunk vomiting over the helm—” (7) 
“I forgot how gemstones can gasp—” (8) 
“I forgot the revolt of the minor key—” (30) 
“I forgot the mother snapped the umbilical cord with her teeth, strapped the newborn to her back, then picked up the scythe—” (31) 
“I forgot I wanted to make memories, not simply press petals between pages of expendable books—” (42)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Never has so much been done with white hair absent dye.  Or so I think.  I talk about my white hair and how I asked gravity to turn it into art in an illustrated blather essay, "The Mortality Asemics" which -- aptly -- inaugurates the "Misfits" section of Queen Mob's Tea House.  Asemics like this image below -- but GO HERE for the whole thang.  And I promise to stop plucking my hair...

Thanks to Misfits curator Reb Livingston.

Monday, May 25, 2015


I was straightening out the shelves of review copies for Galatea Resurrects last week.  I got distracted into reading several times.  From such activity, too, did I come to do reviews of the poetry collections by Abigail Welhouse, Dan Beachy-Quick, Susan Terris, Jason Bredle, among others as I haven't finished the task yet.  A nice effect of dusting.  

And here's the rest of 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

MARTIN & MEDITATIONS ON THE SOUTH VALLEY, poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca (MAGNIFICENT!  LinkedIn Poetry Recommendation (LPR) #177)

*  PHOENIX, poem by Ouyang Jianghe, translated by Austin Woerner, and with images of the massive two-bird sculpture of the same name by Xu Bing which inspired the poem (Gorgeous production, excellent translation essay and persuasive poem in its English translation. LPR #183)

*  KRAZY: VISUAL POEMS AND PERFORMANCE SCRIPTS by Jane Augustine (stunning! LPR #178)

THE BOOK OF FERAL FLORA, poetry by Amanda Ackerman and various plants (smart and delicate. LPR #175)

ALL PURPOSE VISPO by Nico Vassilakis (a huge hug. LPR #179)

RED EPIC, poems by Joshua Clover (no less than a bomb. LPR #176)

THE LAST INCANTATIONS, poems by David Mura (massive heart. LPR #180)

THERE ARE WORDS, poems by Burt Kimmelman (a welcome respite from the world)

BAD BABY, poems by Abigail Welhouse (enchanting. LPR #181)

SHIELDS & SHARDS & STITCHES & SONGS, poems by Dan Beachy-Quick (lovely alchemy)

COMPANION ANIMAL, poems by Magdalena Zurawski (smart … and tender)

LOOK WHO’S SINGING, poems by lars palm (energetic mirroring of zeitgeist)

GUIDE TO THE TOKYO SUBWAY, poems by Halvard Johnston (a wonderful read!)

OHIO TRIANGLE, poems by Alex Gildzen (reading offered a lovely, elegiac experience)

*  TOWN, poems by Kate Schapira (smart!)

*  SMILES OF THE UNSTOPPABLE, poems by Jason Bredle (hilarious and witty energy)

MEMOS, poems by Susan Terris (well-done!)

SPAR, poems by Karen Volkman

POET IN ANDALUCIA, poems by Nathalie Handal

WAR OF THE FOXES, poems by Richard Siken

AMERICAN SUBLIME, poems by Elizabeth Alexander

THE TAPEWORM FOUNDRY, poems by Darren Wershler-Henry


COLLECTED PETRARCH, poems by Tim Atkins

THE EGO AND ITS OWN, erasure poem by Michalis Pichler

I MEAN, poems and ars poetic essays by Kate Colby

BLOOD, SPARROWS AND SPARROWS, poems by Eugenia Leigh


TRACKS, poems by Logan Ryan Smith

IDENTITY / CRISIS, poetry by ________[EVERYBODY]

FIDDLE IS FLOOD, poems by Lauren Gordon

*  PARTICULARS OF PLACE, poems by Richard O. Moore, Edited by Garrett Caples, Paul Ebenkamp and Brenda Hillman with Intro by Cedar Sigo

*  LAODICEA, poems by Eric Ekstrand

*  THE HEARTS OF VIKINGS, poems by Lesley Yalen

*  SOME HABITS, poems by C. Viiolet Eaton

*  THINK TANK, poems by Julie Carr

*  A GUNLESS TEA, poems by Marco Giovenale

*  ORANGE ROSES, poems by Lucy Ives

*  ALLUVIUM, poems by Erin M. Bertram

*  FEIGN, poems by Kristy Bowen

*  WASTE, poems by Thierry Brunet

*  HOLIDAY, poems by Jennifer Firestone

*  LEFT GLOVE, poem-play by Mac Wellman

*  THE BEST OF MY LOVE, poems by Aaron Kiely

*  SEEDPODS, poems by Glenna Luschei

*  RIEN ICI, poems by Raymond Farr

*  PRODIGAL: VARIATIONS, poems by Ed Madden

*  MYnd mAp, poems and art by Gaye Gambell-Peterson

*  MESSAGES, poems by & interview with Piotr Gwiazda

*  THE SYLLABLE THAT OPENED AN EYE, poetry by Micah Cavaleri

*  MOTH MOON, poems by Matt Jasper

*  MANTIC, poems by Maureen Alsop

*  HYBRID MOMENTS, poems by Jon Curley


FORT DAD, poems by Stephen Paul Miller with illustrations by Noah Miller

*  NO MAP OF THE EARTH INCLUDES STARS, poems by Christina Olivares

THE CLOUD CORPORATION, poems by Timothy Donnelly

GEOMETRIES, poems and art respectively by Cheryl Snell and Janet Snell

ON THE CUSP OF A DANGEROUS YEAR, poems by Lee Ann Roripaugh

NOT HAVING AN IDEA, poems by Donna Kuhn

MULES OF LOVE, poems by Ellen Bass

ON THE WINGS OF INSPIRATION: EXPLORING OUR INNER LIFE THROUGH INTERPRETIVE SYMBOLS, poems and drawings with commentary by Cheryl Metrick and workshop analysis/commentary by Jeree Wade

YELLOW FIELD ISSUE 10, literary/arts magazine collated by Edric Mesmer (just fabulous!)

APPEARANCES: A NOVEL IN FRAGMENTS by Tom Beckett (wonderfully fresh!)

HERE COMES THE SUN: A JOURNEY TO ADOPTION IN 8 CHAKRAS, memoir by Leza Lowitz (wonderful treatment of an extremely complicated topic. LPR #182)


MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE, novel by Robin Sloan

RODIN’S LOVER, novel by Heather Webb

HACKER, novel by Ted Dekker

THE INGREDIENTS OF LOVE, novel by Nicholas Barreau

2013 Venge Vineyards blend of zin, petit sirah, charbono and syrah Calistoga
2012 Tres PIcos Borsao Garnache
2007 Seavey merlot
2013 Trefethen Harmony chardonnay Oak Knoll District NV
2005 La Bienfaisance Millesime
2001 Tinto Gran Reserve Faustino I
1990 Ch. Marbuzet (Mother’s Day dinner wine!)
2013 Domaine Jean Collet Chablis Vieilles Vignes
2010 Ravenswood “Belloni” zin
2014 Santa Marina pinot grigio
2013 Ch. D’Aqueria rose Tavel
2008 Ch. Poujeaux
20__ Villa Blanche pinot noir
2010 Regusci Block 27 NV
2012 Darjoush merlot NV
2013 Darjoush pinor noir Russian River
2012 T-Vine petite sirah NV
2013 Proof of the Pudding pinot noir Anderson Valley
2012 Du Mol pinot noir Russian River
1997 Noon reserve cabernet

Friday, May 22, 2015


Lines. Seas and oceans contain so many, diverse lines creating so many, diverse patterns.  As does the sky.  Between them another line: the horizon. Not really a line between the two -- it's just the way Baudelaire (I think it was him) once observed: the eye psychologically needs contrast to help manage what it sees and that, absent such contrast, as Anne Truitt (I think it was her) once observed, the eye might find it difficult to grasp/grapple infinity.

Lists.  Lines.  The lines of lists.  The many, diverse lives of list poems.  Thus do we come to the cover of my Selected List Poems project, forthcoming from my newest publisher, Dos Madres Press:

(click on image to enlarge)

Thanks to the book designer, Elizabeth Murphy.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Meritage Press is both proud and sad to announce that its children's (oh, okay, and adult) bilingual book, BEAUTIFUL EYES, by Gayle Romasanta and Ramon Abad is now officially out of print.

Fortunately, for the moment, you can still order BEAUTIFUL EYES as an ebook through http://www.lulu.com/shop/gayle-romasanta-and-ramon-abad/beautiful-eyes/ebook/product-20064455.html  If this project interests you, you may want to get an electronic copy while you can as I anticipate that the e-version will expire as of June 30, 2015.

THANKS to all who have laughed and sang with this project.  It has been a beautiful experience, indeed!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


In a world—especially poetry world—full of talk, those poets who actually DO something relevant are always special. Recently (and as pointed to me by stellar poet Brian Clements), I learned about Jimmy Santiago Baca’s new effort, “A Place to Grown Farm”, an organic farm where ex-cons will be healed by being trained to be farmers, and then be paid a living wage.  YOU CAN SEE INFO ABOUT THIS INSPIRATIONAL PROJECT over HERE. 

But Jimmy Santiago Baca needs help, and, yes, I think after clicking through the website you may be inspired to agree that we need to help this poet buy a tractor and many other things to effect the project’s “MISSION” which includes
1.  To transform the person who has endured the torture and injustice practiced in the American prison system. What it attempted to destroy we will rebuild into a leader and sensitive human being with a creative path in life.  
2. We will mentor the youth who have experienced this horrible system’s torture and teach them conciliatory life skills. We will educate them and teach them literacy skills. We will help them to rejoin society. We will integrate them into society as leaders. We will show them how to sustain a healthy lifestyle. We will instill in them pride and dignity again, we will build their confidence, we will help them to love to learn so they can pass along what we have taught them to others less fortunate.
As someone inspired by Jimmy Santiago Baca’s poetry and life, I’d like to help.  Thus, I am announcing this new fundraising effort.  I have many “author’s copies” of my books (old and new) that I am offering for sale at the discounted price of $10 per book (including shipping within the U.S.).  Until those author copies ran out, I will donate all sales proceeds to Mr. Baca’s healing farm. Info on my poetry books HERE, info on fiction books HERE, and info on non-fiction prose HERE.

In addition, you can donate directly to Mr. Baca’s Kickstarter; info is over HERE. With a donation, you get a receipt.  If you forward a copy of your receipt to me, I will send you one of my books for free. 

For availing yourself of my author copy sale, or for sending me your donation receipt, email me at galateaten at gmail dot com

Let’s stop just blathering and start acting.  We can begin with a tractor.


Eileen R. Tabios