Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. THE BLIND CHATELAINE'S KEYS takes its impetus from three impossibilities: (i) biography (and autobiography)-something is always left out, (ii) artistic criticism: the critic's subjectivity inevitably comes to play, and (iii) pure persona in poems-the poet's self remains a presence no matter how much a poet may wish to disrupt the "I". Eileen R. Tabios, known as "Chatelaine" in poetry blogland, uses others' criticisms and engagements of her writings to create a narrative arc that serves as a biography. Since the biography is based (mostly) on her poems, it conceptually pushes the idea summed up by Ted Berrigan: "there is a self inside almost all of the poems."
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