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MANHATTAN: An Archeology presents Eileen R. Tabios’ latest innovative approach to poetry-making. In this book, she uses a diverse set of “artifacts” to excavate a version of New York City’s historical birthplace. Artifacts include the unexpected and the ineffable to create a city only she can imagine—while they include a pearl necklace, piece of pineapple skin, yoga mat, black sateen, and bullet, the “objects” for perusal also range over moonlight, “withheld forgiveness,” and duende. The result, too, is unexpected and ineffable: Poetry that delights and intrigues. Some receptive readers will wake from the book missing something they hadn’t realized they missed, longing for something they hadn’t realized they desired.
In archeology, we sift through distances to locate ourselves in these elapsed fragments. Here in Eileen Tabios’ new book, Manhattan is our test pit, and Clyfford Still stabilizes the walls adding to
the grace of the make-believe city.
Tabios employs many selves and their debris as her diagnostic artifacts. She lays these items on the table of the first poem, and continues to examine them as subsequent pieces sumptuously unfold, each relic luminous under view, chatoyant. Manhattan becomes the reliquary to hold the past under Tabios’ ecstatic mastery, also the side of the pool to push off from into other worlds, also the ruined stage set of a past self.
to transcend your context
Tabios’ book is an exquisite form of personal forensics and resurrection.
—Anne Gorrick, author of THE OLFACTIONS: Poems on Perfume
Eileen Tabios’ prolific architectonics creates a megalopolis of myriad images, towering as iconic artifacts, graphic as ecstasy. From ziggurats to echoes of flamenco, urban demographics to undulations of body language, the poet strips and strews words from a vocabulary of fabrics. Gestural volubility is unleashed to camouflage the adoration of mischief. Hers is the infinite spin of a world-whirling dervish.
—Alfred A. Yuson, author of The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen
MANHATTAN: An Archaeology also features the digital art media of Aileen Cassinetto. Flowing through the book will be her 2017 “Four Seasons” suite:
“Spring,” Digital Mixed Media inspired by “Atalanta”/”Scarf of Nike” by Paul Manship (Public Domain, Smithsonian Institute) and PH-118, 1947-R-No.1, 1938-N-No.1, 1944-N No. 1 by Clyfford Still (Fair Use).
“Summer,” Digital Mixed Media inspired by “Red Flamenco” by Patrick McDonald (via Flickr licensed under CC BY 4.0) and PH-118, 1947-R-No.1, 1938-N-No.1, 1944-N No. 1 by Clyfford Still (Fair Use).
“Fall,” Digital Mixed Media inspired by “Fearless Girl and Charging Bull” by J J (via Flickr licensed under CC BY 4.0) and PH-118, 1947-R-No.1, 1938-N-No.1, 1944-N No. 1 by Clyfford Still (Fair Use).
“Winter” by Digital Mixed Media inspired by “Eternal Spring” by Thomas Hawk (via Flickr licensed under CC BY 4.0) and “Golden Archer” by Stanley Zimney (via Flickr licensed under CC BY 4.0) and PH-118, 1947-R-No.1, 1938-N-No.1, 1944-N No. 1 by Clyfford Still (Fair Use).