Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5 Shades of Gray, poems by Eileen R. Tabios

5 Shades of Gray, poems by Eileen R. Tabios
ISBN No.: 978-1-934299-09-8
Release Date: Fall 2012
Distribution: Lulu.com
and Amazon.com

Fifty Shades of Grey, a 2011 erotic novel by E.L. James, has topped
best-seller lists around the world. It is the first in a Trilogy which
has sold over 40 million copies and book rights in 37 countries. It
also set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time,
surpassing the Harry Potter series.  Eileen R. Tabios has not read
E.L. James' novels, but that did not stop her from writing the poems
comprising 5 Shades of Gray.  She first read about BDSM (
bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) in a New
York Times article about a room in Japan set up as a private park for
businessmen clad only in oversized diapers and wheeled about in
oversized prams pushed by women in British nanny costumes. Ms. Tabios
also appreciates Ellen Degeneres' attempts to read Fifty Shades of
Grey on YouTUBE, accompanied by sound effects provided by handcuffs,
ping pong paddle and a whip.

The Sphinx’s Unasked Riddle

Which is more powerful:

A moon so bright it erases night


A sun so bright it darkens vision



Eileen Tabios’ …latest book of poetry, 5 Shades of Gray.  I want to
quote one poem from this superb book:

Poetics (#2)

"Move to the limit
of what you know--

Start there"

That is quite possibly the best piece of advice a human being could be
given.  I really admire Eileen's book.  It is for me her best book so


Eileen R. Tabios has released 20 print, 4 electronic and 1 CD poetry
collections, an art-essay collection, a poetry essay/interview
anthology, a short story book and a collection of novels. Recipient of
the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry for her first poetry
book Beyond Life Sentences, she has exhibited visual poetry and visual
art throughout the United States and Asia. She has also edited,
co-edited and/or conceptualized nine anthologies of poetry, fiction
and essays.

Ms. Tabios has crafted a body of work that is unique for melding
ekphrasis with transcolonialism. Her poems have been translated into
Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Greek,
computer-generated hybrid languages, Paintings, Video, Drawings,
Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern
Dance and Sculpture. As part of her poetry-as-performance approach,
she blogs as the "Chatelaine" at http://angelicpoker.blogspot.com;
edits a popular poetry review journal, Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry
Engagement) athttp://galatearesurrects.blogspot.com; and founded
Meritage Press (www.meritagepress.blogspot.com), a multi-disciplinary
literary and arts press based in San Francisco & St. Helena.