Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Critiphoria 2 has just come out, featuring several Marsh Hawk authors: Norman Finkelstein, Thomas Fink, Basil King and Stephen Paul Miller. And the rest of the company is good reading, too!


Eileen Tabios' THE THORN ROSARY is reviewed in Litter Magazine, edited by Alan Baker. Click HERE for entire review written by Aileen Ibardaloza, of which here's an excerpt:
As the rosary is a meditation on the decades and their mysteries, the mysteries of The Thorn Rosary involve more than a decade’s worth of meditations and engagements with language, form, culture, reason and human experience. Underlying both is a “purity of intention”. Without romantically idealizing a post-colonial Philippines or the concerns of immigrant communities in a postmodern, multicultural society, Tabios redefines the word “Balikbayan”(3).

I am called “Balikbayan” because the girl in me is a country of rope hammocks and waling-waling orchids—a land with irresistible gravity because, in it, I forget the world’s magnificent indifference.(4)

Friday, March 19, 2010


As part of the opening of his exhibit "The Green Man", Basil King will give a poetry reading at 4 p.m. Details below:

The Green Man
Exhibition of paintings by Basil King

at Poets House
March 20, – May 29, 2010

Opening reception – Saturday, March 20, 3-5 pm

The Green Man Symposium
Carolyn Dinshaw, Michael Hrebeniak, Basil King, Thomas Meyer
at Poets House
Tuesday, March 23, 7 pm
$10, $7 for students and seniors
free to members of Poets House

Part of Ecopoetic Futures, a series of events that examine poetry and the environment.

Programs in this series are funded, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council for the Humanities

For more information: poetshouse.org

10 River Terrace, between
Warren and Murray Streets
New York City

BUS M22 from East Side, M20 from West Side M22 to Chambers and North End Ave M20 to Battery Park City and North End Ave

SUBWAY, 1, 2, 3, A or C to Chambers Street Walk west on Chambers, turn left at River Terrace

Free shuttle bus The Downtown Connection travels to Murray Street 1 block from River Terrace

A live link to position of shuttle bus in real time:

212-431-7920 – poetshouse.org

Thursday, March 18, 2010


A generous selection of poems from Eileen Tabios' newest book, THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New (1998-2010) has been chosen for an anthology of contemporary North American poetry to be published in Chile:
La alteración del silencio: poesía norteamericana reciente, Edited by Galo Ghigliotto and William Allegrezza

The anthology will be published by Das Kapital in Santiago, Chile.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


¥ P R O S E P R O S ... 3rd Season! ¥

Lenore Skenazy and Martha King
Thursday, April 1, 2010
6:30 to 7:45 p.m. [starts & ends on time!]
at the Sidewalk Café
94 Avenue A at 6th Street, 212-473-7373
V or F to Second Avenue (exit at First Avenue)

Lenore Skenazy writes a syndicated column that appears in more than 100 papers and takes a skeptical look at a culture that has brought us bottled water for dogs, pole dancing for grannies and an S.A.T. vocabulary shower curtain for kids. A big city newspaper vet (New York Daily News, New York Sun), she has also written for everyone from Reader’s Digest to The Washington Post to Mad Magazine -- yes, Mad -- and co-authored The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook and the quiz/joke book, Who’s The Blonde That Married What’s-His-Name?. Before that, she spent several years on TV as a (younger, cuter) Andy Rooney, at CNBC and the Food Network. After she wrote about letting her 9-year-old take the subway alone, she found herself on The Today Show, Dr. Phil, The View – and then on media around the world -- defending herself against charges she’s “America’s Worst Mom.” (But Google that and there she is, 11 million times.) She launched the blog “Free Range Kids” to explain her parenting philosophy and went on to write the book Free-Range Kids. She has lectured about “Free-Range Kids” here and abroad, from community centers to Yale University. Skenazy lives in New York City with her husband and two sons, who are not quite as Free-Range as she’d like, but she’s working on it. (And it helps that her older son just lost his iPod Touch, so now he has to come up with something else to do besides just sitting there, staring at it.) One thing she understands: It’s tough to be a perfect parent.

During the 1980s, Martha King edited the 8-page zine, Giants Play Well in the Drizzle, which she sent free to interested readers. She also briefly produced Northern Lights/International Poetry/Brooklyn Series and SpotS poetry chaplets. She worked in mainstream book publishing, for nonprofit literary organizations (most notably Poets & Writers), and later as an editor and writer for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She currently edits a prize-winning quarterly magazine for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. North & South, her collection of short stories and one of her 10 books of prose or poetry, was published in 2006. Her work has been widely published and anthologized, and she is a member of the Marsh Hawk Press collective. She is currently at work on a long memoir, with the provisional title Outside Inside. Chapters from this work have been published in Bombay Gin and New York Stories. King was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, attended Black Mountain College briefly as a teenager in the 1950s, and married the painter Basil King in San Francisco. She began writing after the birth of their two daughters, Mallory and Hetty, in the late 1960s.

The reading takes place in the welcoming backroom of the Sidewalk Café, famed for really great hamburgers, plus vegetarian fare and all beverages.
* * * Eat! Drink! Tip! * * *
Admission is FREE, but we do pass the hat. All proceeds go to the readers.

For more information: Martha King at gpwitd@aol.com; Elinor Nauen at Elinor@ElinorNauen.com or ProsePros on Facebook.
(Friend “Prose Pros” for schedules, comments, and photos of events.)
Next up: May 6, Tiphanie Yanique; June 10, Lars Gustafsson

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Eileen Tabios' THE THORN ROSARY gets a nice mention by the Snorkeling Fabulist. Click on excerpt below for whole review:
Just an astoundingly collection of allusive, experimental, lush, cross-cultural poetry about every day experiences. I think it really challenges the form of prose poems.

Monday, March 08, 2010


Allen Bramhall offers an insightful review of Eileen Tabios' newest Marsh Hawk Press book, THE THORN ROSARY. Here's an excerpt:
Eileen uses different insistencies to provoke the heart of language. Her sentences are largely straightforward in their report, yet she maintains a relentless twining. Themes are immediate and conjunctive. And adjunctive. That is how this book, that is sifted from other books, is a NEW book. The returns are instructive and spiral to new vantage.

Go HERE for entire review.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Marsh Hawk Press has teamed up with Meritage Press to provide a poetry fundraiser for Haiti Relief.

Those who order five or more "Hay(na)ku for Haiti" booklets from Meritage Press' Open Palm Press will also receive a complimentary copy of Eileen R. Tabios' latest Marsh Hawk Press book, THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New, edited by Thomas Fink.

As five booklets are available for $15 and Ms. Tabios' book retails for $19.95, we hope poetry lovers will find this offer an attractive way to contribute to Haiti relief. The following provides details on this Haiti fundraiser:

Open Palm Press
(an imprint of Meritage Press)
is pleased to announce the series:

Hay(na)ku for Haiti

-- a fundraiser for Haiti, edited by Eileen R. Tabios and blessed by support from chapbookpublisher.com.

Poets who write in the hay(na)ku form (about which more information is available at http://haynakupoetry.blogspot.com) have consented to create hay(na)ku for helping Haiti's recovery efforts. The results are to be released as "pocket poem booklets" by Open Palm Press. Each will be sold for $3.00, reflecting the hay(na)ku's three lines, with all proceeds to be donated for Haiti relief.

The series begins with:

#1: PARTICLE AND WAVE and FROM THE CHAIR, two hay(na)ku sequences by Jean Vengua
#2: On A Pyre: An Ars Poetica by Eileen R. Tabios
#3: Hay(na)ku for Haiti by Tom Beckett
#4: when the earth moves by Lars Palm
#5: After René Depestre’s “My Definition of Poetry”, as translated by Edwidge Danticat, with lines at the end by Lafcadio Hearn by John Bloomberg-Rissman.
#6: Mrs. Quake by Nicole Mauro
#7: Through Having Been, Vol. 1 by William Allegrezza
#8: Through Having Been, Vol. 2 by William Allegrezza
#9: blonde topography: a terse set of tercets by steve dalachinsky
#10: Drop, Portion and Assignment by Peg Duthie
#11: As I Speed to Your Place by Amanda Laughtland

Over time, more releases will occur as it is anticipated that Haiti's relief requirements will be prolonged and deep. Poets interested in exploring the hay(na)ku through this fundraising effort may contact the series editor at MeritagePress@aol.com

"H for H" booklets are lovingly produced by http://chapbookpublisher.com on lilac-colored paper to fit, at 2.75" x 4.5 X 2", on an open palm -- ideal for giving engagements.

To order some or all of the series, please send checks made out to "Meritage Press" for $3 per booklet and send to

Eileen Tabios
Meritage Press
256 North Fork Crystal Springs Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574

This offer is also available to non-U.S. residents, but with extra arrangements required for international shipping.

For more information, including on international orders: MeritagePress@aol.com

Monday, March 01, 2010


You are invited to attend a reading by

and discussion betewen

Lily Lopate & Phillip Lopate

on Wednesday March 24 6:30 PM

at Teachers & Writers
520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
20th floor, Suite 2020

Free Admission, no reservations necessary

Lily Lopate is fifteen years oldr and attends the Berkeley-Carroll School in Brooklyn. She was invited to participate in the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute (Skidmore College) this past July, and has recently been accepted into the Breadloaf/New England Young Writers Conference for May. She has also won a Gold Key in this year's Scholastic Awards for her poetry and prose.

Phillip Lopate is the author of over a dozen books, including Being With Children, Bachelorhood, Portrait of My Body, Waterfront, The Rug Merchant, Two Marriages and Notes on Sontag. He will be reading from and discussing his most recent publication, At the End of the Day: Selected Poems.

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