Wednesday, March 14, 2007


According to the Feminist Review, I am "offering another possibility beyond narrative and the lyric in poetry."

Well, wooot!

To wit, the Feminist Review has reviewed (to my pleased surprise!) The Secret Lives of Punctuations, Vol. I (xPress(ed). You can click HERE for the entire review which I excerpt here for your -- okay, maybe just my (heh) -- reading pleasure (and I'm punchy pleased they highlighted Jukka here!):

Some of the results are unexpected analogies, metaphors, riddles and homonyms, while others are elaborate found quatrains taken from the poet Jukka-Pekka Kervinen’s text cornucopia. While Kervinen’s text is generated by a computer’s statistical distribution from John Locke’s “The Essay of Toleration” and Antonio Gramsci’s Letters from Prison, Tabios wants the words to express their inherent sound and spirit. In a way, The Secret Lives of Punctuations represents the organic potential of a found poem removed by two degrees from its original texts.

This book becomes more intriguing when Tabios offers her insights on this process. In addition to her interaction with Kervinen’s text, she refers to
Spirits in Stone: Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture. The sculptors’ philosophy adheres to the practice of carving the spirit of what is already present in the wood, instead of trying to force what one may desire upon the wood being carved. So, these poems could also be seen as another illustration of the conflict between nature and the constraints of civilization, which her postcard art in the book intimates the impropriety of punctuations having secret trysts in a hotel.

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