Eileen R. Tabios

Eileen R. Tabios

Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released about 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in eight countries and cyberspace. Her most recent include The Opposite of Claustrophobia (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press) and Amnesia: Somebody’s Memoir (Black Radish Books). Forthcoming poetry collections include Manhattan: An Archaeology (2017) and Hiraeth: Tercets From the Last Archipelago (2018). Inventor of the poetry form “hay(na)ku,” she has been translated into eight languages. She also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized twelve anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as served as editor or guest editor for various literary journals. See http://eileenrtabios.com.

important is how, despite your contempt
-ous gaze at the universe, you won’t take
the logical step of slashing your belly while
a courtier-for-hire ensures the dance of your
head down the steps as it hops down towards
the River Danube, once a long-standing frontier

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It’s a visual metaphor for an emotion
          that, yes, doesn’t exist for you
          But metaphors are better than
          nothing for softening your steel

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