"Language, particularly written languages, seemed to me as a child and still seem to me now the most holy invention of the human race, something on the opposite side of the balance scale from all the harm humans do. I believe language and the art derived from it to be redemptive. (This is my feeling about art in all mediums.)"
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
- Burt Kimmelman
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Maileen Hamto reviews Eileen R. Tabios' new Marsh Hawk book, The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku ... which also just appeared on SPD Books' Recommended List! Here's an excerpt of the review which you can see HERE:
“Poetry rules are sometimes made to be broken,” Tabios writes. At its core, the Hay(na)ku is liberatory and emancipatory, similar in magnitude to the genius of Black American inventors and innovators in literature, music and other creative pursuits. By developing the Hay(na)ku, Tabios invited her contemporaries to define FilAm, U.S.-born-and-bred poetry from brown-skinned Filipinos, to cease conformity with white supremacist notions of “goodness” in art and the expectation of appeasing the tyranny of literary gatekeepers in order to be validated.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
I do want my poems to exude clarity and an affect of clarity as well, and to haunt the reader’s inner experience. I guess the single-syllable vocabulary—that makes for a clarity. But what is involved in that clarity? It’s difficult to find an abstraction signified in a single syllable word. And then again, in English, the specter of the language prior to 1066, the Norman Invasion, and the transforming of the language in most ways by French inclusion, is never really far from us, albeit we don’t always pay attention to that. The English (German-speaking) peasants did not suffer the pressure from their masters to abandon their German, to use French. (The French aristocrats didn’t see the peasants, really, as human beings, so while they brutally imposed their new language upon everyone but the peasants, in an attempt to expunge a cultural memory, the peasants, illiterate, kept right on with their lives.) Many of our words for basic everyday things (including the word thing) is an inheritance of much earlier incursions into the British Isles by German tribes like the Angles and Saxons, having origins in German, not French, Latin or Greek. I always think of Oppen’s reference, in an interview, to the “little words that I like so much.” I want to reduce language to the poem’s essence, which, you might say, could nearly exist without words—but of course the beauty of poetry starts with the words.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Eileen R. Tabios' new book The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku is available through SPD Books and other outlets. While it technically is released on Dec. 1, 2019, Eileen has commenced an Author's 2019 Holiday Special involving an enchanting miniature book!
The In(ter)vention...'s mini-book version--sized at 1-7/8" x 2.5"--can work as a Christmas Tree ornament. If you don't traffic in Christmas or Christmas trees, the ribbon used for hanging on a tree can be used as a bookmark. There are poems within the miniature book, as shown by the images below.
This miniature book, available in a lovely Holiday-red gift bag, is available for $10 (plus $5 shipping). You can purchase just the miniature book or use its purchase for a credit of $10 off of the larger hardback release priced at $29.95. Yes, this means that for the price of the hardback, you also can get the charming tiny book!
The miniature book is produced by OnceUponTheTree (Apollo, PA).