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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Deeply grateful to Tea & Tattered Pages and its curator Amanda Ngoho Reavey for presenting my poem and urban meditation on several cities, "Big City Cante Intermedio," as a Panthalassa Pamphlet.  You can see the ten-page pamphlet poem HERE. Cities covered are New York City, Provence, Ukiah, Baguio City, Barcelona, Vienna and Paris. Here's an excerpt:

I digressed to show how in New York
City (pop.: 8.4 million, est. 2013)
one can be anyone one wants to be

or try,
as in to discover if a fit improbably
exists so that, once, I was a flamenco dancer

in this big city where many effects are
especially with money, e.g.
dance fees which made a dancer
and guitarist hood their eyes at my
version of braceo: the bastardization
of flowers, the opposite of grace—

(how many ways may an artist suffer?)


Deep thanks as well to John Bloomberg-Rissman for his deep friendship, which is why I dedicated this poem to him. (His editing suggestions were also very helpful!)


"Big City Cante Intermedio" is one of the poems in a developing manuscript entitled URBAN.

Thank you, Universe.

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