Sunday, October 21, 2012


i.e. press ANNOUNCEMENT:

5 Shades of Gray, poems by Eileen R. Tabios
ISBN No.: 978-1-934299-09-8
Release Date: Fall 2012

Some Reviews and Reader-Responses HERE.

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



Eileen Tabios’ …latest book of poetry, 5 Shades of Gray.  I want to quote one poem from this superb book:

Poetics (#2)

"Move to the limit
of what you know--

Start there"

That is quite possibly the best piece of advice a human being could be given.  I really admire Eileen's book.  It is for me her best book so far.


Eileen R. Tabios has released 20 print, 4 electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art-essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a collection of novels. Recipient of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry for her first poetry book Beyond Life Sentences, she has exhibited visual poetry and visual art throughout the United States and Asia. She has also edited, co-edited and/or conceptualized nine anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays.

Ms. Tabios has crafted a body of work that is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, computer-generated hybrid languages, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern Dance and Sculpture. As part of her poetry-as-performance approach, she blogs as the "Chatelaine" at; edits a popular poetry review journal, Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) at; and founded Meritage Press (, a multi-disciplinary literary and arts press based in San Francisco & St. Helena.



From Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer:
This collection of poems are in response to that bizarrely popular trilogy by EL James titled FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY -- a series of books that explore the outer limits of sexual boundaries. Tabios has attempted to read the trilogy but instead elected to explore the subject matter of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism through her own resources and in response to all this she wrote these poems. Her poems regard the propensity of public behavior and needs as much as commenting on the strange popularity of the novels and the results are brief, terse, emotionally charged pows of ideas.

From Jean Vengua, Okir:
My prurient reading of the day: 5 Shades of Gray, by Eileen Tabios. Oh my. 5 Shades of Gray whispers–succinctly, and sometimes mysteriously–of that which a novel like “you-know-what” could never approach at length.