Design by Sacha Archer

Simulacrum Press (Ontario, Canada)
Publisher’s Book Page
Release Date: Spring 2018
Description: A tall, slender chapbook of 20 pages, saddle stitched and printed in an edition of 75 numbered copies.

Price: $10 CAD
Available HERE For Purchase



Publisher’s Description:
In Tanka, Vol. 1, prolific poet and reader, Eileen R. Tabios, investigates the classical Japanese tanka form. Presenting a scope of work, from her early engagements with the form to increasingly stylized experiments, a progression of possibility opens in the arena of stricture. Where in the initial section we find the poems following the traditional form (as it manifests when romanized), for the following sections Tabios utilizes her MDR (Murder Death Resurrection) Poetry Generator to set the stage for reconfiguration, then excavation.


The following is the first tanka ever written by Eileen R. Tabios:

# 1
Last night my white cat
Approached with whiskers drooping
Signs are increasing
The world around me ages
I shiver in its cold wake

From that traditional tanka, Ms. Tabios radically reconfigures the form within 34 tankas with the help of a poetry generator and Martin Heidegger’s philosophical strategy, “sous rature.” Here is a later example of her tankas:


Some Reader Responses:

“…  a lovely book, beautiful paper and printing. I love the exploration of process…”
–Alice Brody, artist

“Excellent work, lovely production, and a feast!”
–Sheila Murphy, poet

“Hi Eileen!
Must say, I am very ‘taken’ with your
and so beautifully presented / produced. Whatever people may say about you as an experimentalist means nothing. If experiments ‘work’ they are no longer experiments but achieved facts, and that is certainly true of your work in this chapbook! Hats off to you!”
–David Giannini, poet

“impressive and attractively produced!”
–Elly Nobbs, poet

“… a wonderful small collection of three series of poems, first using a line by Sheila Murphy and then Eileen’s own previous work (by ‘previous’ I also mean the previous series within TANKA) as sources of (further) liberating restrictions, because poetry exists on the border of itself.”
–Marton Koppany, poet