The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019
Distributors: Small Press Distribution, Amazon, Marsh Hawk Press, among others
The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019 presents tercets that Eileen R. Tabios created during her writing career, a process that led to her invention of the hay(na)ku poetic form. The hay(na)ku has been practiced by poets and visual artists around the world. The collection also presents her tercets in other forms, from the lyric to the experimental, and ends with her take on the Death Poems from East Asian cultures.
SPD Books Recommendation, November 2019
Will you bring the scent
of red roses
I left behind
in New York City alleyways
(or has that season yet to pass)?
In my eyes
will you see
he defined as the “sky”
you witness repeatedly
on and in any painting
marked by blue sapphire, lapis
lazuli, indigo, turquoise…sky…?
A Miniature Book Version!
Note from Author:
The In(ter)vention… has been annotated into a mini-book version—sized at 1-7/8” x 2.5”—that 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.
This miniature book, available in a lovely 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!
Naturally, books can be signed! If interested in this offer, email me at galateaten at gmail dot com . Offer good while supply of miniature books last!
More pictures available HERE.
Otoliths, 2019 has featured the book’s Introduction by Thomas Fink. You can see it HERE but here’s an excerpt:
As a California-based writer whose works are in English, Tabios infuses her Filipino identity in the Hay(na)ku form. Like all Filipinos, the Hay(na)ku is a cross-breed. It is simultaneously grounded in Pinoyness, while also anchored in the trauma of American and Japanese colonization of the Philippine psyche due to the enduring problematic legacy of imperial domination and catastrophic world wars.
“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.
—Maileen Hamto, The Halo-Halo Review, November 2019
Recently Noted About Eileen R. Tabios
Eileen R. Tabios is one of the more adventuresome and truly creative poets before the public today. She is absolutely able to write poems in the usual styles and make her works resonate with every reader. But she always is searching for ways to push the use of words into formats or situation that challenge the brain as well as heart.
—San Francisco Review of Books
[Eileen R.] Tabios’ concern for our world is global in its reach.
—Contemporary Literary Review of India
Since the 1990s when I first encountered Eileen Tabios’s poetry, she has continually taken readers on a different journey of creativity with each book. Ms. Tabios is one of the Philippines’ great gifts to the United States… There are many other lines in Tabios’s poetry that intrigue—there always are. Her language is light years ahead of many poets from countries around the world, yet remains accessible and exciting.
—Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
Innovation is not easy. Being innovative and prolific—well, that approaches the ultra rare. And that is why, year after year, I try to do at least one review of Eileen Tabios’s works… // [E]xperience generates new inspirations and new commentary on the state of our arts. Given the use of our lists by Big Data, this particular creative act of Tabios’s might be nothing less than Revolutionary.
—New Mystics Review