Sunday, October 30, 2011


Charles Bernstein's new book of criticism, Attack of the Difficult Poems (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2011) includes an essay, "Objectivist Blues," in which a footnote mentions how the work of "contemporary poet Thomas Fink" "takes up the tradition" of Yiddish humor, "with an ideolectic twist, using Yiddish syntax and, in performance intonation and accent, in his 'Yinglish' poems" (142). Bernstein quotes from "Yinglish Strophes 8," a poem in Clarity and Other Poems.


Paolo Javier's The Feeling is Actual is praised by Tim Peterson at "Attention Span 2011 in Third Factory/Notes to Poetry". Here's an excerpt:
How many different writers can you be in one book; how many different modes can you explore? Tour-de-force The Feeling is Actual sets a new renaissance man record.

Friday, October 28, 2011


to see photos of our recent Fall Book Launch at the Marsh Hawk Press website! It looks like a great time was had by all!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Paul Pines' new Dos Madres Press book, Reflection in a Smoking Mirror, Poems of Mexico & Belize, was reviewed Doug Holder in Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene: “These poems are similar to a Keith Jarret Concert. They can rip your heart out and leave the reader defenseless.”

Paul Pines will be taping an interview with Paul Elisha for his NPR program on WAMC, "Bard's Eye View," Thursday, the 20th, on his new book, Reflections in a Smoking Mirror, Poems of Mexico & Belize. The discussion will touch on PTSD, and the lessons of vanished civilizations, in the case the Aztec and Maya.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


To celebrate October as Filipino Heritage Month, Eileen R.Tabios will present a poetry reading at 12 noon on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building (3rd Floor) at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, DC. The reading will inaugurate the seasonal series, “Asian-American Poetry Today.” Ms. Tabios also will be interviewed by Rob Casper, Director of the Poetry & Literature Center. Both the reading and interview will be videotaped to become part of the Library's WebCast, available to viewers worldwide. The webcast is available at http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=3908.

The event is free and open to the public, and coincides with the Library of Congress’ acquisition of Archives by Eileen R. Tabios, a poet, fiction writer, editor, conceptual and performance artist, cultural activist, and literary and arts publisher. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at http://myloc.gov.

The Library of Congress will house Ms. Tabios’ papers in its Asian American Pacific Islander Collection. The Library of Congress is a central repository for all types of Asian publications that are not broadly available at other locations in the United States. Initiated in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 934 volumes offered to the United States by the Emperor of China, the Library’s Asian collection of more than 2 million items is the largest and most comprehensive outside of Asia. For more information about the division and its holdings, go to www.loc.gov/rr/asian/. Ms. Tabios’ “9-1-1” poem was recently featured in the Asian Reading Room's Post 9 1 1 collections display.

Eileen R. Tabios has created 19 print, 4 electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art-essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a collection of novels. She also has exhibited visual poetry and visual art in the United States and Asia as well as edited, co-edited or conceptualized nine anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. Her body of work is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, computer-generated hybrid languages, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern Dance and Sculpture. She is the editor of Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement), a popular poetry review journal; curator of the inter(net)national blogged series “POETS ON _____”; and the founder of Meritage Press, a multi-disciplinary literary and arts press based in San Francisco & St. Helena.

For more information: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/events.html
Contact: regr@loc.gov
This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow.
Co-sponsored by the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Mary Mackey's Sugar Zone just received a review at Synchronized Chaos. Here's an excerpt:
The collection is divided into four parts that consistently submerge the reader in the uncertainty and beauty of Mackey’s world. Weaving throughout the poems are, to name a few, the powerful themes of chaos, love, death. In Part I: Sugar, Mackey immediately introduces the reader to the urban landscape of Brazil, which is something wholly different from American living standards. This is the place where the people use flowers ‘to dye their lips/ the color of blood’ and sing ‘of cities of blue glass/and the jaguars that prowl our dreams.’ She frequently describes the tension that results from the ‘rising ocean [that] eats the beach.’ The city is clearly at odds with the tumultuous natural world that surrounds it, and there is a constant struggle to withstand the onslaught. This chaos is also highlighted by the frequent offerings given to local deities, including Iemanja, the queen of the ocean. The natural and supernatural must be appeased to ensure human survival, but everything is tenuous. As Part I progresses, the poems become more self-reflective, and the narrator describes the internal explorations that result from living in a foreign environment. These poems drift from conflicted love to various stages of pain and death. The uncertainty is palpable, but rational and unafraid.

Go to entire review HERE.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

You Are Cordially Invited To Our Fall 2011 Book Launch, Reading and Party!

Refreshments in our usual abundant style

Thursday, October 27, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27th St.
Suite 201, New York, NY 10001

Celebrating New Titles By Steve Fellner, Paolo Javier, Mary Mackey and Stephen Paul Miller.

Steve Fellner: The Weary World Rejoices
"Steve Fellner takes us into the hidden places in this beautiful and frightening collection. Here is testimony to the brave and shameful impulses of the human heart, composed in language that is both familiar and completely original.... You will not forget these poems."
-Laura Kasischke

Paolo Javier: The Feeling Is Actual
"Javier hits the big notes: sex, romance, even aging and regret. The poetry often comes in the form of prose ... and of visual poetry in which comics collide with sly wit. All this with the multi-cultural vantage we expect from the poet, which comes to the fore in later sections, abetted by found images and typography. 'if im like a piece of bok choy / then you are probably / a piece of broccoli... /its just the communication thing.' Listen to this book, watch it, lap it up."
-Vincent Katz

Mary Mackey: Sugar Zone
"Mary Mackey takes you on a fascinating journey to the interior, somewhere between Saint Theresa's Inner Castle and the thicket of Eros-but also a place of desperate actuality, even if it is 'on the other side of the world.' Mackey joins other visionary poets of dépaysement-Henri Michaux in Asia, John Ash in Anatolia, Sharon Doubiago in Peru, Lorca in Manhattan. But Mackey really seems to recover a lost part of herself in the edgy lyricism of the tropics, haunted by fado, forro, and death . . . SUGAR ZONE authoritatively creates a language and a culture; but the lines are tense with the vulnerability of lovers, strangers, and travelers with no ticket home."
- Dennis Nurkse

Stephen Paul Miller: There Is Only One God and You're Not It
"Stephen Paul Miller has written the most swingin', rockin', jazzy history of Judaism, Jews, and our favorite one and only God there is, that you will ever read. In verse. And if you read it you will have to think about it. While tapping your foot. And is it unbelievably funny to see this maniac of a poet wrestling with a disembod­ied spirit aided by Plato and Irving Berlin? That too. With Hitchcock and John Cage wagging the dog? Enter this book, you enter Indie Poetry."
-Alicia Ostriker

Marsh Hawk Press books often highlight the affinity of poetry and the visual arts. Each book is produced with particular care to visual style, often including reproductions of artwork alongside poems. Marsh Hawk Press also sponsors readings and exhibits, and hosts a web site with a rotating exhibition space, as well as several blogs focused on poetry and visual art. The press also offers a poetry prize judged by a poet of national stature.

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