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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


I'm delighted to release the March edition of Galatea Resurrects. You can see issue HERE, but I cutnpaste the Contents below for convenience.  Thanks as ever to our volunteer-reviewers!

You Envelop Me by Laynie Browne
Reviewed by Kylan Rice (3/22)

Poems and Fragments by Elise Cowen, edited by Tony Trigilio
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (3/21)

Pantoums by Dennis Daly
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/20)

MEAT by Sophie Seita, Sublunar by Tom Jenks, and In Accident & Emergence by Rosa van Hensbergen
Reviewed (viz "revicules") by Colin Marshall (3/19)

Old Ballerina Club by Sharon Olinka
Reviewed by Sheila Black (3/18)

Like a Fat Gold Watch: Meditations on Sylvia Plath and Living, edited by Christine Hamm
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/17)

Three Ariel Poems by Sylvia Plath
Engaged by Tasha Cotter (3/16)

Featured Essay: "Brief Notes on Thomas McEvilley"
By Peter Valente (3/15)

Phaneagrams by Jake Berry
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (3/15)

The Body Ghost by Joseph Lease
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/14)

The Critic Writes Poems: Abigail Licad

SELECT POEMS by John M Bennett
Engaged by Ivan Argüelles (3/12)

Answer To An Inquiry by Robert Walser
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (3/11)

Silence by Julie Unruh
Reviewed by Jim McCrary (3/10)

Featured Essay: "Hay(na)ku/Sci(na)ku--Six-Word Poetry"
By Lauren McBride (3/9)

Sound Rituals by Jim Leftwich and Billy Bob Beamer
Engaged by John M. Bennett (3/8)

Debths by Susan Howe
Engaged by Jim McCrary (3/7)

Publications by Cole Swensen, Jean Day, P. Inman, Scott MacLeod, Daniel Davidson and Rae Armentrout
Engaged by Scott MacLeod (3/6)

Editor's Recommendations From Review Copy List
By Eileen Tabios (3/5)


I come late to this book but I already know it will be one of my most powerful poetry reads this year: SARAJEVO BLUES by Semezdin Mehmedinović. Indeed, it compelled a tanka:

"Sarajevo Blues"
--a tanka for and after Semezdin Mehmedinović

Let us go then, you
And I, in denial of
Shrouded streets, where red
Laser beams cut through dimness
And maybe we will be missed

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Deep gratitude to poet-visual artist Sacha Archer for asking, and then creating a gorgeously elegant object that is my chap, TANKA, VOL. I. It just came out from Simulacrum Press in Ontario. 

The chapbook includes my first tanka in the traditional form but, within 34 tankas, applies what my publisher calls "increasingly stylized experiments" for a "reconfiguration" of this ancient, classical form.

This is the first tanka I ever wrote:

Last night my white cat
Approached with whiskers drooping
Signs are increasing
The world around me ages
I shiver in its cold wake

When you compare that traditional tanka with the sample tanka on my publisher’s bookpage, I hope you’ll be interested in how I radically reconfigured the form within 34 tankas with the help of the MDR Poetry Generator and Heidegger’s philosophical strategy, “sous rapture.”

I hope some of you check it out (and, in the process, support an independent publisher).


My brain is absolutely smashed —though deliriously (as in happily) so — from editing HAY(NA)KU 15. I just sent the manuscript's first cut to the book designer. For this project, I looked over 76 poets in English, with some also translated into 7 languages: Filipino, Finnish, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. Then an all-Spanish section involving 36 English-language poets translated into Spanish by 12 translators originally through the Poetry and Translation Seminar at UNAM in Mexico. Must now look for cover image. It's all ... g.o.o.d.

I am looking forward to adding a fourth book to this list of hay(na)ku anthologies!

Friday, March 16, 2018


Roxanne Barbour has invented a new hay(na)ku variation: sci(na)ku tanka. Some are forthcoming in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association's journal, Star*Line. For this form, add a speculative element and the word-per-line count is


A reverse sci(na)ku tanka would be


Go, World!

See all (or most as I don't know if I'm keeping up) of the hay(na)ku variations at https://eileenrtabios.com/haynaku/haynaku-variations/  Meanwhile, there are also visual manifestations, like this painting by poet-painter Thomas Fink:

Thursday, March 15, 2018


There are several layers to the hay(na)lku's quince celebration this year, including an anthology, exhibits, and a Sept. 8 readings/performance/eating/book launch. More info at HERE

Meanwhile, I'd like to share the poets whose hay(na)ku will be exhibited this summer at SFPL's 3rd Floor, Kresge Foundation International Center. Their poems will comprise the "Words With A View" exhibit, so named as their poems will look over the views in an internal rotunda. My gratitude to these poets for their interest in the hay(na)ku (choices were made with a bias for poets located in the Bay Area for obvious reasons):

William Allegrezza
Gabriela Pascual Bautista
Tom Beckett
Charles Bernstein
Paul Cassinetto
Melinda Luisa De Jesus
Carol Dorf
Peg Duthie
Vince Gotera
Crag Hill
Kathleen A. Lawrence
Lani T. Montreal
Cesar Polvorosa, Jr.
Zvi A. Sesling
S. Shaw
Eileen R. Tabios
Glynda “G.T.” Velasco
Jean Vengua
Mark Young

As ever, I'm grateful to Librarian Abraham Ignacio (among others) for facilitating this exhibit! Maraming Salamat!

Here's a sort of view of the rotunda. Here you can see pillars where poems will be exhibited...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


"Tabios' concern for our world is global in its reach and this is a book that is very much of our time."-Contemporary Literary Review India

What a lovely surprise in the mail: my first review in India ... of my first French-published book. Contemporary Literary Review India reviews LOVE IN A TIME OF BELLIGERENCE! Hopefully I'll get permission to reprint it online but until then here are images (reflecting how the review focused on my series, "The Ashbery Riff-Offs") ...

(click on images to enlarge)

Thanks to reviewer Neal Leadbeater and CLRI Editor-in-Chief Khursid Alam.


I was asked to provide a Manifesto, so I wrote one as Flash Fiction. Coz that's what a Poet does. The result is

Have at it!


I don't have illustrations for this post. So how about some of my kittens Tarzan and Addie?

Monday, March 12, 2018



Eileen Tabios, Chris Santiago, Jason Magabo Perez and Barbara Jane Reyes
sponsored by Philippine American Writers & Artists (PAWA)
6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018
447 Sutter Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
The event is free, open to the public, and include refreshments.

About Barbara Jane Reyes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zrykq
About Jason Magabo Perez: http://www.jasonmagaboperez.com

About Me: I'll be at the event's hors d'oeuvres table. Yes, there'll be refreshments -- join Moi!

(RSVP optional but it'd be great if you do so the food planners can, um, plan.  Which means the more who say Yes, the more I can eat :)  RSVP through Facebook.)

Sunday, March 4, 2018


I'm grateful my French publisher took LOVE IN A TIME OF BELLIGERENCE to an international book fair in Braine-l'Alleud (Belgium). I love that my poems go farther than I do...

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Quite a (post) headline, eh? But thanks to Small Press Distribution for putting MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION on its latest SPD Recommends List!

Thursday, March 1, 2018


As of Jan. 1, I began tracking the following stats on a daily basis:

--how many poems I wrote and/or edited
--how many poems I read
--how many poetry chapbooks and/or books I read
--other media that relates to poetry, e.g. audios and videos

On Facebook, where I post my daily list, my favorite comment was from witty Melinda de Jesus who said, “They’re like a FitBit for poetry…” My daily posts can look like this entry:

1/7/18: Today
I wrote zero poems.
I read 6 poems and 1 poetry book

That’s it. No names, which is why I’m posting below the names of poets whose works I read. I name them, whether I read a single poem or an entire book by them. January's reading is HERE. These poets make up February's reading:

Carolyn Gutierrez-Abanggan
Jonel Abellanosa
Jasmin Ado
shaina evero isles fedelin agbayani
Jim Pascual Agustin
Raad Ahmad
Dilruba Ahmed
Anna Akhmatova
Yosano Akiko
Austin Alexis
Francisco X. Alarcon
Kazim Ali
William Allegrezza
Billy Antonio
Cesar Ruiz Aquino
Sacha Archer
Mesbah Alam Arghya
Ivan Arguelles
Tim Atkins
W.H. Auden
Gracia G. Balangue
Desiree L. Balota
Subkhro Bandopadhyay
Santanu Bandyopadhyay
Sheila Bare
Guy R. Beining
John M. Bennett
Brian Bilston
S.H. Bjerg
John Bloomberg-Rissman
Viktor Bokov
Eavan Boland
Lolo Bomboy
Rose Booker
Kristy Bowen
Jessica Bozek
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Brandon Brown
Laynie Browne
Andrew Alan Buhman
Reed Bye
billy cancel
Kai Carlson-Wee
Rosy Carrick
Hayden Carruth
Wayne Benitze Castillo
Albert B. Casuga
Joe Ceravolo
Dara Cerv
Leila Chatti
Ching-In Chen
David Chirot
Shaku Choku
Margaret Chula
John Clare
Lucille Clifton
Billy Collins
Shanna Compton
William Corbett
Robin Coste-Lewis
Ray Craig
Robert Creeley
Nick Cruz
Michael Daley
Will Y. Darling
Amilyn Villador David
Tyree Day
Augusto De Campos
Melinda Luisa de Jesus
Mirtha Dermisache
Ricardo de Ungria
John DeWitt
Umit Singh Dhuga
Denise Duhamel
Aja Couchois Duncan
Jim Dunn
Jessica Pujol Duran
Sophie Anne Edwards
Larry Eigner
Carl F Emerich
S.O. Fasrus
Maconn Feliciano
Deb Y Felio
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Norman Finkelstein
Kathy Fish
Felix Fojas
Sarah Fox
Saito Fumi
Asha Futterman
Cori Gabbard
Ralph Semino Galan
Danny Gallardo
pe garcia
Drew Gardner
Danny Gallardo
Geoffrey Gatza
Sukanta Ghosh
Louis Ginsberg
Jesse Glass
Ed Go
melissa christine goodrum
Anne Gorrick
Erica Goss
Vince Gotera
Michael Graves
Michelle Greenblatt
Adrienne Gruber
Mike Guffan
Mike Gullickson
Daniel Y. Harris
Curtis Hayes
Dah Helmer
Robert Herrick
Robert Hershon
Crag Hill
Eric Hoffman
Anselm Hollo
Bob Holman
Langston Hughes
Victor Hugo
Emily Hunt
Geof Huth
Luisa Igloria
Brenda Iijima
Margarita Ilieva
Daniel Ionita
Robinson Jeffers
Antony John
Leroi Jones
Pierre Joris
Malu M. Juego
Kitahara Kakusha
Okamoto Kanoko
Marie Luise Kaschnitz
Brigit Pegeen Keely
Miyazawa Kenji
Diane Keys
Robert Kiely
Kevin Kilroy
Amy King
Bill Knott
Irene Koronas
Anna Kreienberg
Natalie Pardo Labang
Philip Lamantia
Gerrit Lansing
Neil Leadbeater
Jim Leftwich
Joseph Legaspi
Rebeka Lembo
Julia Rose Lewis
Abigail Licad
Michelle Lin
Richard Livermore
Kimberly Lyons
Travis Macdonald
Joey Madia
Ligaw Makata
Ligaw Malaya
Alyssa Manansala
Monica Manolachi
Peter Manson
Sean Manzano
Colin Lee Marshall
Lauren McBride
Jim McCrary
Martha McCollough
Miriam Midley
Rachel Mindell
Saito Mokichi
Fred Moten
Aryanil Mukherjee
Madua Mukherjee
Michelle Murphy
Robert Murphy
Gina Myers
Blanca Elorde Nagac
Cory Nakasue
Maribelle Adelfa A. Navarro-Laude
Michael Thomas Nelmida
Stephen Nelson
Friedrich Nietszke
Elly Nobbs
Okuma Nobuyuki
Linda Norton
Mori Ogai
Mary Oliver
George Oppen
Jenny Ortuoste
Amy Pabalan
Jose Padua
Danielle Pafunda
lars palm
Tamara L. Panici
Astra Papachristodoulou
R.T.A. Parker
Marianne Paul
Craig Santos Perez
Joseph Persad
Fernando Pessoa
Sasha Pimentel
Aloysiusi Lionel Salome Polintan
Erwin Ponce
Ethel Rackin
Tom Rapp
Alexandra Lytton Regalado
Maria Crozalle Reyes Raymndo aka Weeween
Jose Rizal M. Reyes
Lizae Cervantes Reyes
Tony Robles
Stan Rogal
Muriel Rukeyser
Jesrael Rivera aka Siangmakata
Maekawa Samio
Sabyasachi Sanyal
Barry Schwabsky
Herb Scott
Nancy Bell Scott
Margarita Seeafimova
Heidi Seaborn
Nicole Sealey
Bilshan F. Servanez
Zvi A. Sesling
Ndaba Sibanda
Stewart Shaw
Masaoka Shiki
Miya Shuji
Randee Silv
Denis Smith
Layli Long Soldier
Lina Stern
Iris Stoler
Matthew Stolte
Leny Strobel
Celina Su
Hiromi Suzuki
Eileen Tabios
Debra Tachibana
Ishikawa Takuboku
Hiroshi Taniuchi
Alice Tarbuck
Yosano Tekkan
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Orchid Tierney
Robin Tomens
Tony Torn
Wendy Trevino
Richard Tuttle
Randy Salvador N. Ugay
Florence Uniacke
Eliana Vanessa
Nico Vassilakis
Jean Vengua
Noel Vera
Santiago Villafania
Rosario Villaluz
Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
Linda Jeannette Ward
Cathy Weedon
Jameka Williams
William Carlos Williams
Eryk Wenziak
Kath Abela Wilson
Daniel Wuenschel
Mark Young
Toki Zenmaro
Eleni Zisimatos
Jim Zola