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.