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, May 10, 2018


“Poetry As A Way of Life”—A longtime slogan and likely to be the title of my last poetry book years from now. This will be a collection of writings focused on my poetry experimental performances. These often take years to unfold: “Poems Form/From the Six Directions” took about 3-5 years; the “Blurbed Book Project is still ongoing (though with a hiatus) after it was launched 18 years ago; “Murder Death Resurrection” is now in its 6th year; the “hay(na)ku” is celebrating its 15th year anniversary; "The 1,146th FairyTale" unfolded over a year (2017) and will be continued in 2019; and I just launched yesterday the first manifestation of a new “Z” project which I began conceptualizing over 5 years ago. Z is likely to continue for at least another decade if not longer. While there is immense satisfaction in creating a single spot-on verse poem, I love these poetry performances that often unfold in the unstable public arena—a space I treasure specifically for its instability (as unfixed as identity). The latest “Z” includes a series of “Death Hay(na)ku Poems” (inspired by Japanese death poems).  Here’s one of the “lighter” (haha) ones, illustrated with my beloved dog Achilles who I miss strongly. every. day.:

DH #2

Familiar, joyous barking—
We’ll meet

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