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Posted January 9, 2011
Eileen R. Tabios continues to startle us with every publication she creates. Her mind must work like a finely turned kaleidoscope, every movement she makes results in something new, something we hadn't expected, something that starts our brains working in different ways. For this reader (and admittedly a devoted fan) her invention of the poetic form of hay(na)ku seemed a springboard from which many further works would sprout. But Tabios is ever on the watch for the novel (meaning of course the new) and just as has happened in this sentence, her explorations have resulted - for the time being - in this fascinating collection of 'novels' she presents as SILK EGG. An introduction that can only be described as a journey into the surreal explains that she spent time in the Library of Babel belonging to Jorge Luis Borges which she shares is the source of the ideas for all of these novels. What this book contains are 'novels', each containing seven chapters and each chapter confined to one page - and only a few lines on that page to boot! But oh how she manages to toss words in the air and have them settle into dream like episodes that could easily being with an inhalation on an opium pipe! Example, form the novel titled DEAR CLOUD: Chapter I Clouds, a poet's mother called them"puffballs." Soft cotton balls. How can something so soft be dangerous when contextualized under X-ray to be interruption of bone? Chapter II Her mirrors hear many thoughts unspoken to others. Like, "What does it mean that Daddy had to die before I could become big enough to be a parent?" skip to Chapter VI A "puffball" killed my father. A white cloud as soft as his daughter who nonetheless also killed him. Where is the comfort to your whispered, "Life causes death"? And so flows the magic and challenge of Eileen R. Tabios. She takes us places simply by sculpting words in unfamiliar ways - places we would have never found without her lamp. She continues to be a joy and one of the most creative artists of words around. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.