Monday, August 27, 2012



5 Shades of Gray, poems by Eileen R. Tabios

Fifty Shades of Grey, a 2011 erotic novel by E.L. James, has topped best-seller lists around the world. It is the first in a Trilogy which has sold over 40 million copies and book rights in 37 countries. It also set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series.  Eileen R. Tabios has not read E.L. James' novels, but that did not stop her from writing the poems comprising 5 Shades of Gray.  She first read about BDSM ( bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) in a New York Times article about a room in Japan set up as a private park for businessmen clad only in oversized diapers and wheeled about in oversized prams pushed by women in British nanny costumes. Ms. Tabios also appreciates Ellen Degeneres' attempts to read Fifty Shades of Grey on YouTUBE, accompanied by sound effects provided by handcuffs, ping pong paddle and a whip.

The Sphinx’s Unasked Riddle

Which is more powerful:

A moon so bright it erases night

A sun so bright it darkens vision

Here is the book's front cover image (it's poetry--youse gotta be more subtle than using handcuffs....!):


Sunday, August 26, 2012