Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Eileen Tabios' The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes is reviewed by Aileen Ibardaloza in the December 2008 issue of OurOwnVoice. Here's an excerpt with link to entire review:
In “Light”, Tabios has written about grief in forms both painful and necessary, blending into her work a dictator’s legacy, a traitor’s loyalty, an existentialist philosopher’s contemplations, a supreme poet’s three-part allegory, as well as reflections on totalitarian rulers and their murdered thousands, using as tools commodity lists, ekphrasis, hay(na)ku, random collage, prose and narrative non-linearity – all parts of a multivalent sum, the sum being ‘Light’. Which is also her name and yours, points out my mother. It is comforting that her poetic “I” includes ‘you and I’, that in between these lines, one might find – dare I say it – one’s own truth (or at least, parts of it). ENTIRE REVIEW HERE.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Galatea Resurrects (edited by Marsh Hawker Eileen Tabios) is out -- with 72 new reviews! Including one by Jon Curley of Jane Augustine's latest Marsh Hawk Press book, A Woman's Guide to Mountain Climbing. Click on excerpt below for whole review:
The ability to truly write about oneself is difficult, as hard and implacable as the mountains Jane Augustine climbs and contends with through this magnificent volume, A Woman’s Guide to Mountain Climbing. With the precision of an eye glancing over a precipice and the honest, rigorous examination that comes with not only experience but poetic prowess, Augustine has chiseled a book that is a celebration of being in all of its conflicts, contradictions, joys, and losses. This kind of poetry is fully formed and like a rock. Instead of the sedimentary rock of superficial or residual recognitions, we have the igneous depths of revelation and befuddlement. What comes forth is a conscience laying down the weight of its memory and meaning while lashing it to the self-questioning that affirms both the understanding of a moment’s experience and the dire difficulties of comprehending the range—mountain metaphor is impossible to get away from—of emotions one should feel or face in the trajectory of living and moving across the face of one’s life.

Congrats, Jane!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


by Anne Whitehouse on Gently Read Literature: Essays & Criticism of Contemporary Poetry and Literary Fiction. Click on the excerpt below for the entire review:
These poems have a fearful intensity and embrace a span of humanity.

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