Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. "There are so many paths thru the enchanted forest that is Eileen Tabios' oeuvre that no one can possibly take them all in one lifetime. So it is with something approaching glee that I find here a completely unexpected one: a mid-career 'selected' constructed around her recurring use of the list / catalogue-form. Did I say the list-form? No, pluralize that, and prepare to encounter an entire ecosystem of catalogues and lists. And don't for a minute let this lead you to think that this is a book of 'weak conceptualism', not that there's anything wrong with weakness (in the sense of an antifoundationalism), nor with conceptualism, because there's not. Think rather that you are encountering poetry, sans qualifiers; prepare to read; and (quoting Perec quoting Verne) 'Look with all your eyes, look'. This is the real stuff."—John Bloomberg-Rissman
Eileen R. Tabios has released over 70 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers around the world. In 2023 she released the poetry collection BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, I BECOME WAR (Marsh Hawk Press, 2023); an autobiography, THE INVENTOR (Marsh Hawk Press, 2023); and a flash fiction collection collaboration with harry k stammer, Getting To One (2023). She invented the hay(na)ku, a 21st century diasporic poetic form; the MDR Poetry Generator that can create poems totaling theoretical infinity; the "Flooid" poetry form that's rooted in a good deed; and the monobon poetry form based on the monostich. Translated into 12 languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. Her writing and editing works have received recognition through awards, grants and residencies.