Tanka Vol. 1, by Eileen R. Tabios, is Simulacrum Press’s second March chapbook publication. Tabios’s Tanka, Vol. 1 is a tall, slender chapbook of 20 pages, saddle stitched and printed in an edition of 75 numbered copies.
In Tanka, Vol. 1, prolific poet and reader, Eileen R. Tabios, investigates the classical Japanese tanka form. Presenting a scope of work, from her early engagements with the form to increasingly stylized experiments, a progression of possibility opens in the arena of stricture. Where in the initial section we find the poems following the traditional form (as it manifests when romanized), for the following sections Tabios utilizes her MDR (Murder Death Resurrection) Poetry Generator to set the stage for reconfiguration, then excavation.
Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released over 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Her other 2018 poetry collections include HIRAETH: Tercets From the Last Archipelago; MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION: A Poetry Generator; and One, Two, Three: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems. She is the inventor of the poetry form “hay(na)ku” whose 15-year anniversary was celebrated at the San Francisco Public Library in 2018. Translated into eight languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as served as editor or guest editor for various literary journals. Her writing and editing works have received recognition through awards, grants and residencies. More information is available at http://eileenrtabios.com
Tanka, Vol. 1 can be purchased here.