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Footnotes To Algebra Uncollected Poems 1995-2009 by Eileen Tabios

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Eileen R. Tabios is a prolific poet. In the past 14 years, she has released 16 print, four electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a novel.  Yet these prior book releases do not capture the extent of her output.  Spurred by the forthcoming release of her first "Selected Poems" project (THE THORN ROSARY, Spring 2010), she decided to look through her haphazard files and within hours was able to put together FOOTNOTES TO ALGEBRA, a new book from previously-uncollected poems written since 1995.  These include a special trio of poems from a summer spent hangin' out with Philip Lamantia, the poem "Pygmalion's Embrace" which is a de facto architectural plan for a physical poetic space she is creating in Napa Valley terrain, her first (and so far only) translation of a poem into her birth tongue Ilokano, ekphrastic "baby poems", the poem "Justice" through which she'd achieved a goal of garnering for her wine cellar a jeroboam of the Judds Hill Winery cabernet by winning its annual poetry contest, and the series "Girl Singing" which generated 151 multi-genre responses or translations from 47 poets worldwide to create the anthology 1000 Views of "Girl Singing" edited by John Bloomberg-Rissman and released by Leafe Press (U.K.).

While the poems in this manuscript do not represent 100% of Ms. Tabios' previously uncollected poems (she's lost track of many poems through a poor filing system and a messy global e-desk), they provide an indication of the depth of the poet's commitment.  The poet also hopes the new book is a source of reading pleasure.

“Triptych for Philip” burns with love for the late great San Francisco poet Philip Lamantia.  Written during the summer of 2001 when Tabios spent much time with Lamantia, the three poems prove that a meeting between poets can spark an incandescent fire of imagination.  Rich with taken-from-life details and Tabios’ own insights and images, “Triptych for Philip” marvelously evokes Lamantia’s exceptional energy and spirit.  ¡Viva Philip Lamantia!  ¡Viva Eileen Tabios!
—Steven Fama, the glade of theoric ornithic hermetica (


On The Light Sang As It Left your Eyes
I once had a college classmate who was so exceptional as a student that our professor exclaimed, with tongue-in-cheek, that she could submit a paper with absolutely nothing written on it and still receive the highest grade. I can easily say the same for artist, poet, writer, and publisher Eileen R. Tabios. Of all of her admirable pursuits, it is her poetry that has proven her artistic worth. Her poems are transcendent, expressive, and provocative. What is more is that they are human, all too human to borrow from Nietzsche, in the emotions they evoke and in the wisdom they reflect.
—Allen Gaborro, Philippine News

Who is the author...? .could it bein the sense that Coleridge might have approvedthe Eileen R. Tabios who is neither person nor socio-linguistic nexus, but the instrument of a "synthetic and magical power" that achieves its presence in the unique, transcendent moment of the poem itself?
—Fred Muratori, American Book Review

On Dredging For Atlantis
Jack Kerouac wrote, “Vision is deception.” Eileen Tabios’ version goes like this: “Go forth and prettily miscalculate.”
—Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, The Brooklyn Rail

Book Information:

· Paperback: 175 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
· ISBN: 9781935402046

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About the "Author"

Eileen R. Tabios has released 16 print, four electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a novel.  She has also exhibited visual art and visual poetry throughout the United States and Asia. Recipient of the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry, she has forthcomingin 2010 the long-awaited THE THORN ROSARY: SELECTED PROSE POEMS 1998-2010, edited with an introduction by poet-critic-painter-scholar Thomas Fink and with an afterword by poet-scholar Joi Barrios-Leblanc.  In poetry, Ms. Tabios has crafted a body of work that is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. She’s also edited or co-edited five books of poetry, fiction and essays. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern Dance and Sculpture. She blogs as the “Chatelaine” at and edits GALATEA RESURRECTS, a popular poetry review journal at

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