Thursday, May 27, 2010


Paul Elisha interviews Paul Pines at WAMC; topics discussed include Paul's Last Call at the Tin Palace and the poems of Juan Gelman. You are invited to click on the link for a listen!

Monday, May 24, 2010


Thomas Fink is among the latest additions to Fieralingue's Poet Corner. You can see his author page HERE.

Another Marsh Hawker with a Fieralingue page is Eileen Tabios. You can see her author page HERE.

Fieralingue is curated by Anny Ballardini.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


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Eileen Tabios' THE THORN ROSARY recently received a five-star review from Grady Harp, one of Amazon.com's leading reviewers. Click on excerpt below for whole review:
[Tabios] can be at once as delicate as a breeze or a harsh as a tsunami.


Eileen's earlier Marsh Hawk Press book, I TAKE THEE, ENGLISH, FOR MY BELOVED, also was reviewed (along with another book FOOTNOTES TO ALGEBRA: Uncollected Poems 1995-2009) by Zimbabwean writer Emmanuel Sigauke. Click on excerpt below for whole review:
I am enjoying her poetry, which is as inspiring as it is awakening. It's the creative risks she takes, the way her poetry sort of violates your readerly comfort zone, and as you move from one poem to another, it's the feeling of familiarity, the "yes, yes" feeling you get. Of course, the poetry is not that easy either; often, you have to read a piece twice or thrice to conquer it, because, as San Francisco poet Barbara Jane Reyes has pointed out, "Tabios not only welcomes, but encourages her reader's active participation in determining her poem's meanings...Hence there is no one 'wrong' or 'right' reading." In fact, you may think some of the poems are meaningless, but those who have read Zimbabwe's Dambudzo Marechera, or America's E.E. Cummings will remember that there is nothing called a meaningless poem, or, shall we say, nothing meaningless about poetry....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Reb Livingston introduces Neil de la Flor and a poem from his book ALMOST DOROTHY over at Poetry attentionbeam. Reprinted is the poem "Nineteen Ninety-Nine."

Monday, May 17, 2010


Among the May new titles being recommended by Small Press Distribution is Neil de la Flor's ALMOST DOROTHY! Click HERE for the SPD link.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Norman Finkelstein reviews Burt Kimmelman's newest poetry collection, AS IF FREE (Talisman) over at The Offending Adam. Click on excerpt below for entire review:
"Poets cannot really 'leave things unspoken,' but they can learn what will suffice. Like Morandi, Kimmelman lays out the terms of his work with a deliberate bareness, trusting to a power of suggestion (not produced by symbolism, but more simply, by syntax measured against syllable count) that will sustain and complete the poem. The phrase 'a made world' takes us back to William Bronk, perhaps the greatest of Kimmelman’s immediate precursors. For Bronk, as for Morandi, and as for Kimmelman, the work of art is always 'a made world,' a binding of desire and a stubborn, necessary turning of the artist’s materials back upon themselves to achieve an otherwise impossible sufficiency. It is the artist’s way of testing reality, of seeing what is and what is to come."


Poets House is extending the exhibition of Basil King's Green Man paintings until June 12, 2010. The exhibition description at Poets House notes:
This series of paintings by British-born poet and painter Basil King depicts the Green Man, the pre- Christian archetypal figure of creation and the earth, emerging in the guise of British historical figures, such as Guy Fawkes and Walter Raleigh.

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.

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
(212) 431-7920

Please note that most of the paintings are for sale at prices that include a contribution to Poets House. [Ask at the desk.]

Monday, May 10, 2010


Paul Pines is interviewed for Jason Crane's "The Jazz Session". The interview took place after a reading he did from Last Call at the Tin Palace in Albany on April 15 at the Social Justice Center. Click HERE for the interview.

Thomas Fink is interviewed at the new issue of Galatea Resurrects. Click HERE for the interview.

Elsewhere in Galatea Resurrects edited by Eileen Tabios, Burt Kimmelman receives a review of his newest book AS IF FREE.

Also, Philip Lopate's AT THE END OF THE DAY: Selected Poems and an Introductory Essay was on the April Poetry Bestseller List over at Small Press Distribution.

Lastly, Eileen Tabios' THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems and New (1998-2010) is now available in the Philippines through leading publisher Anvil Publishing. Click HERE for direct link to Anvil's book page for THE THORN ROSARY.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


You are all cordially invited to:

Spring Book Launch Party
May 13th, 2010
7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Celebrating New Titles by Phillip Lopate, Eileen R. Tabios, Sandy McIntosh and Neil de la Flor

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th, St Suite 201, New York, NY 10001
Phone and fax: 212-947-6100

Wonderful wine and food will be available!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, including directions, please go to the Marsh Hawk Press website HERE.

Monday, May 03, 2010


You are invited to, this Friday:


May 7, 2010

Eileen Tabios and Susan Gevirtz

Small Press Traffic
Literary Arts Center at CCA
1111 -- 8th Street
San Francisco, California 94107
smallpresstraffic at gmail

Susan Gevirtz's recent books include Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger (Kelsey Street Press), broadcast, and Without Event: Introductory Notes (forthcoming from eohippus labs). Along with teaching locally at various Bay Area institutions, with Greek poet Siarita Kouka she runs The Paros Symposium, on Paros island, an annual meeting of poets and translators from Greece and the United States.

Eileen R. Tabios' publications include 18 poetry collections, two novels, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, and a short story book. She most recently released THE THORN ROSARY: SELECTED PROSE POEMS & NEW (1998-2010), selected with an introduction by Thomas Fink and an afterword by Joi Barrios.

Saturday, May 01, 2010


OUROWNVOICE has reprinted poet-scholar Joi Barrios' Afterword essay in Eileen Tabios' THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New. You can see the essay in OUROWNVOICE's just released issue by clicking on the excerpt below:
The best thing about a book of Selected poems is that we are able to follow the poet's journey—and by doing so, go beyond recurring themes and innovations in form so that we can appreciate what I call the kasu-kasuan (literally, joints)—the interconnections, the tropes—of Tabios' poetry. We read a few poems and discern that Tabios is informed by art and ancient myth. We read more and marvel at how she invokes us to consider the most basic elements of language and the possibilities of hybrid poetic forms. As we look at the collection in its entirety, however, we realize that Tabios has the same keen eye and feel for her community as Florentino; that her storytelling enthralls and captivates us the way the binukot had, for centuries, sang of Labaw Donggon's journey; and that she employs the same strategy of the Tagalog women poets of Liwayway and Taliba—using themes such as values, relationships, and motherhood to speak against the colonizer/former colonizer. Tabios' genius lies in her ability to use shopping lists, balikbayan boxes and memoirs, as well as narratives of adoption, domination, city spaces, the self—to participate in discourses on imperialism, globalization, and diaspora nationalism.

Marsh Hawk Press feels that Ms. Barrios' essay helps show why THE THORN ROSARY would be applicable as a textbook for, not only poetry and creative writing but, courses exploring diasporic cultures, Asian American literature, among others.


Congratulations to Paul Pines whose Last Call At The Tin Palace is reviewed by Eric Hoffman for Rattle, April 30, 2010. Click on excerpt below for the whole review:
In 1970, Brooklyn native, ex-merchant seaman and Vietnam War veteran Paul Pines opened a small jazz club called the Tin Palace in Manhattan in 1970. The bar soon became a popular watering hole for artists, writers and musicians, a popularity that continued for the remainder of the decade. Kurt Vonnegut and Martin Scorsese drank there, and many notable jazz performers from the period graced its stage.

The poems in Last Call at the Tin Palace, Pines’ seventh collection of poems, evince an improvisational spirit similar to the jazz performers and artists who frequented the Tin Palace (Charles Mingus and Larry Rivers among them). The collection’s title poem is the central poem and in its opening lines Pines provides his reader with an inspirationally defiant declaration: “Granada falling / at my feet / a Mayan princeling / in the service of his conquerors / or the buried time / between time / before I was young / when I saw / my life to come / what it held in store / and decided I would live.”

Pines’ poems accrue details slowly, at times almost imperceptibly. Yet this casual accumulation of dazzling edges most often combines into radiant diamonds of image, music and tone: “My Egyptian sister, / / as the sun rises on azaleas / I pray the seas part for you gently / / before they close again / in that swift abolishing wave” (“Egyptian Sister”); “the earth / as a floating / eyeball / / a quicksilver tear / in its atmospheric gaze” (“Implicate Order”). “Madman Cocaine,” Pines intones in the poem “Meditation,” “stitch up my mind / with the tears / in things that never speak / / make my heart / a place / where all my friends / with swollen feet are dancing / without shoes / / Tathagata / / when I find my grief / let it burn like fire / inside crystal / / when I find my tongue/ let it swim like a fish / through downy hairs at the nape of her neck.” (Tathāgata is the name Buddha used when referring to himself.)

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