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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Looking at some year-end lists that inevitably surface, I'm struck at how those I favor don't appear. So, since I read/view a lot of poetry, I'll dive into the subjective fray:

From my 2018 poetry reads, here’s a Baker’s Dozen worth of Poetry titles whose brilliance made them standouts (not all are 2018 titles; I just read them during 2018). I bow to authors (listed in alphabetical order) and their publishers:

REVELATION: THE VISPO BIBLE by Amanda Earl (Timglaset, Malmo, 2018)

HOY / TODAY by Juan Gelman, Trans. by Lisa Rose Bradford (co*im&press, Normal, IL, 2018)

AGE OF GLASS by Anna Maria Hong (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2018)

WORDS ON EDGE by Michael Leong (Black Square Editions, New York, 2018)

PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE FERAL by Julia Rose Lewis (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, Newton-le-Willows, U.K., 2018)

LISTENING TO RED by Dona Mayoora (Timglaset, Malmo, 2018)

SARAJEVO BLUES by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, Trans. by Ammiel Alcalay (City Lights, San Francisco, 1988)

UNFINISHED SKETCHES OF A REVOLUTION by Brane Mozetic (Talisman House, Northfield, MA, 2018)

MAN PRAYING by Donald Platt (Parlor Press, Anderson, SC, 2018)

RUMOR by Elizabeth Robinson (Parlor Press, Anderson, SC, 2018)

MODERN JAPANESE TANKA, Editor Makoto Ueda (Columbia University Press, New York, 1996)

ESL, OR YOU WEREN’T HERE by Aldrin Valdez (Nightboat, Brooklyn, 2018)

BEAST MERIDIEN by Vanessa Angelica Villarreal (Noemi Press, 2017)

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