Monday, January 26, 2009


The new Octopus Magazine is out and I am pleasantly surprised to see Katie Trostel review my book Menage a Trois With the 21st Century.

I am more-than-usual sentimentally fond of this book because -- and I don't know if many people know this -- Menage a Trois...was the first print incarnation of a poetry publication put out by genius-poet-publisher Jukka-Pekka Kervinen viz xPress(ed). Prior to this book, Jukka already was known as a poet's publisher but through e-publishing. Now, the cognoscenti of course knows of his prowess through Blue Lion Books, arrum press, and other publishers I can't immediately name off the top of my multi-tasking head but are out there.

Anyway, thanks to Katie for her review, which begins:
In Menage a Trois with the 21st Century, Eileen Tabios' poetry literally seduces: "You gladly shall fall for another poem I shall lick against your skin. Within its text shall be the occasional word necessarily bitten into the most tender parts of your flesh" (31). While the project aims to capture the inherent "instantaneousness" of the information-filled world of the 21st century, it also highlights absence: the lack of physical intimacy between increasingly isolated bodies. Entire Review HERE.

Thanks again to Jukka for publishing the book in 2004 -- Honey, a review five years after the book was released? Moithinks the book's got legs!

And Salamat as well to Bruce Covey for coconuts, poetry and more.

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