Poetry. Memoir. Asian American Studies. Filipino American Studies. Winner of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry, Eileen R. Tabios has a reputation for uniquely melding ekphrasis and transcolonialism. This collection of poems, prose and visual poetry is her most overtly political work yet, referencing her roots as a "Marcos Baby," a member of the generation that grew up under Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship. On April 11, 2006, Filamore B. Tabios, Sr. died of brain cancer and its complications. In writing about her father, Eileen R. Tabios explores reconciliation with Ferdinand Marcos' legacy through deliberate empathy with the former Philippine dictator's daughter Imee; pays homage to Judas Iscariot whose Gospel, discovered during her vigil by her father's deathbed, reveals him to be the most loyal disciple, instead of greatest betrayer of Jesus Christ; meditates on the murder statistics of the 20th century's leading killers, from Idi Amin to Adolf Hitler; considers the global Filipina pen pal phenomena; and engages with Dante Aleghieri's Purgatorio.
Poet and writer Eileen Tabios was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States when she was 10. She earned a BA in political science from Barnard College and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. Founder and editor of the online poetry review journal Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement), Tabios has authored essays, fiction, and collections of mixed-genre writing. Her many collections of poetry include THE IN(TER)VENTION OF THE HAY (NA)KU: SELECTED TERCETS 1996-2019 (Marsh Hawk Press, 2019), WITNESS IN THE CONVEX MIRROR (Tinfish Press, 2019), MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION: A POETRY GENERATOR (Dos Madres Press, 2018), Hiraeth: Tercets from the Last Archipelago (2018), Love in a Time of Belligerence (2017), AMNESIA: SOMEBODY'S MEMOIR (Black Raddish Books, 2016), THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS (Marsh Hawk Press, 2016), INVENT(ST)ORY (Dos Madres Press, 2015), and Sun Stigmata (2014), among many others.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA