Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Eileen R. Tabios' first U.S.-published and Marsh Hawk Press poetry book, REPRODUCTIONS OF THE EMPTY FLAGPOLE continues to have an audience 12 years after its release.  Most recently, it was the book choice of the Princeton Women's Book Group of Los Angeles.  After its members read the book, they had a Skype interview with Eileen.  Topics covered included, among others,

--the writing of poetry in English which had been used to colonize the poet's birth land, the Philippines
--the influence of Greek classics on her poetry
--the prose poem form
--difference between writing in fiction vs. poetry
--the influence of abstract expressionist visual art
--various tendencies, including the experimental or innovative, within the contemporary poetry scene
--the audience for poetry

We think Princeton alumna and L.A.-based lawyer Meredith Caliman for coordinating the book read and Skype conversation.

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