Saturday, July 8, 2017


Galatea Resurrects is accepting engagements with poetry projects such as reviews, book introductions (or forewords prefaces or afterwords) not currently online, coverage of poetry events, and other engagements in any form (e.g. letters, poems, art, etc. in response to poetry).

You can review any poetry project. Book and chapbook review copies are available HERE. Reviews are not limited to recent releases as we believe Poetry is eternal. You can even review some beloved book that's long stayed on one of your bookshelves!

Email for queries and sending reviews: galateaten at gmail dot com

Eileen Tabios
Editor, Galatea Resurrects


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Contest Results from the Festival de l'Ail de Ste-Anne Garlic Festival
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (7/8)

FACE-POEMS by Aaron Flores
Engaged by Márton Koppány (7/7)

If We Were Birds by Janine Harrison
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (7/6)

ALPHABET NOIR by Nico Vassilakis
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (7/5)

Small Ceremonies by Cynthia Snow
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (7/4)
Engaged by Jim McCrary (7/3)

the gag reel by Tom Bamford Blake
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (7/2)
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (7/1)

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/27)

Wild Horses, Wild Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1971-2010 by Lindy Hough
Reviewed by Dana Wilde (6/26)

REVOLUTIONS: a Collaboration by John Matthias, Jean Dibble and Robert Archambeau
Reviewed by Ralph La Charity (6/25)

Codify by Irene Koronas
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/24)

Questions of Poetics: Language Writing and Consequences by Barrett Watten
Reviewed by T.C. Marshall (6/23)

Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (6/22)

FUTURES TRADING, Anthology Four, Edited by Caleb Puckett
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/21)


Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/19)

They Went to the Beach to Play by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (6/18)

Back to the Garden by Clara Hume
Reviewed by Tom Hibbard (6/17)

God got a dog with poems by Cynthia Rylant and illustrations by Marla Frazee
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/16)

FEATURE: Poetry In Response to Alex Tizon's article, "My Family Slave" as regards Eudocia Tomas PulidoThe Atlantic, June 2017. Poems by Jonel Abellanosa, Jim Pascual Agustin, Kimberly Alidio, Michelle Bautista, Aileen Cassinetto, Melinda Luisa de Jesús, Elaine Dolalas, Rose Linda Gonzales, Maileen Hamto, Luisa A. Igloria, Sean Labrador Y Manzano, Agnes Marton, D Hideo Maruyama, Amy Ray Pabalan, Aloysiusi Lionel Polintan, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tony Robles, Irene Suico Soriano, Leny Mendoza Strobel, Eileen R. Tabios, Jean Vengua, and Alfred A. Yuson

"Broken Verse" by Darrell Nettles
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/28)

Explanation model for 'Virus' by Freke Räihä
Engaged by Thérèse Bachand (5/27)

Love Song to a Blue God by Sophie Strand
Reviewed by Tamas Panitz (5/26)

Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground by Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/25)

The Fair Parts of Shadows by Dhiman Chakraborty
Engaged by Runa Bandyopadhyay (5/24)

Stop Armageddon by Howard Yosha
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/23)

“I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson” Exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum (organized with Amherst College), New York City, Jan. 20-May 28, 2017
Reviewed by Adam DeGraff (5/8)

Driftwood Monster: Haiku for Troubled Times by Kath Abela Wilson
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/8)

B & O Blues by Aileen Cassinetto
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/7)

Ghazals 1-59 And Other Poems by Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt 
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/7)

Manifesto of the Moment by mIKEAL aND (1)
Reviewed by Matt Hill (5/6)

Manifesto of the Moment by mIKEAL aND (2)
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/6)

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT by Olivia Stiffler
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/5)

Check & Balance by Luisa A. Igloria
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/5)

FANTASTIC CARYATIDS: A Conversation with Art by Anne Waldman & Vincent Katz
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/4)

La Police by Bill Lavender
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/4)

A CAPacious Act by Charles A. Perrone
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/3)

Afterword by Nick Piombino to Text Loses Time by Nico Vassilakis

Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/1)

The Owl Still Asking: Tanka for Troubled Times by Kath Abela Wilson
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (5/1)

daughterrarium by Sheila McMullin
Reviewed by Katie Hibner (4/28)

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/27)

We Denizens by Jen Coleman
Engaged by Sam Lohmann (4/26)

Harpoon by Michael Cavendish
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/25)

Claiming Breath by Diane Glancy

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/24)


If They Hadn't Worn White Hoods, 8 Million Would Have Shown Up in the Photographs by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Eileen R. Tabios
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/22)

Introduction by Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson to RESIST MUCH / OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance edited by Michael Boughn, John Bradley, Brenda Cárdenas, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Kass Fleisher, Roberto Harrison, Kent Johnson, Andrew Levy, Nathaniel Mackey, Rubén Medina, Philip Metres, Nita Noveno, Julie Patton, Margaret Randall, Michael Rothenberg, Chris Stroffolino,
 Anne Waldman, Marjorie Welish, Tyrone Williams

Egghead, or: You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham, with drawings by Chance Bone
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/20)

On Poems On by Sandra Liu
Reviewed by Genevieve Kaplan (4/19)

Madison Hatta's Book of Unrelenting Rhymes, or: Madisonnets, Volume 2 by April Lynn James
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/18)

FEATURED POET: Aileen Cassinetto

A Continuum of Force by Francesco Levato
How to Zing the Government by Travis Macdonald
Reviewed by Andrew Rihn (4/12)

Port Light by William Allegrezza
Reviewed by Sheri Reda (4/10)

Stone by Naomi Buck Palagi
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/9)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: An Election Cycle by Andrew and Donora A. Rihn
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (4/8)

HISTORY NOW by Basil King
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/7)

Stubborn by Sheri Reda
Reviewed by Naomi Buck Palagi (4/6) 

If We Were Birds by Janine Harrison
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (4/5)

RICKSHAW CHASM with poems by David Giannini and collages by John Digby
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/3)

To Be An Empire is To Burn! by Eileen R. Tabios
The Prometheus Collage by Mary Kasimor
Reviewed by Freke Räihä (4/2)

INTERVIEW: Anne Gorrick interviews John Bloomberg-Rissman

OTREDAD / OTHERNESS by Claribel Alegria, Edited by Fred Whitehead
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/30)

Step Below: Selected Poems 2000-2015 by William Allegrezza
Reviewed by Sheri Reda (3/29)

WRITTEN IN THE DARK: FIVE POETS IN THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD by Gennady Gor, Dmitry Maksimov, Sergey Rudakov, Vladimir Sterligov and Pavel Zaltsman, Edited by Polina Barskova with translations by Anand Dibble, Ben Felker-Quinn, Ainsley Morse, Eugene Ostashevsky, Rebekah Smith, Charles Swank, Jason Wagner and Matvei Yankelevich 
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (3/28)

We All Saw It Coming by Bill Yarrow
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (3/28)

A Winged Horse in a Plane by Salah Faik, translated by Maged Zaher
Reviewed by Genevieve Kaplan (3/27)

Let the Games Begin: Five Roman Writers by Peter Valente
Reviewed by Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno (3/27)

Apocalypse Mix by Jane Satterfield
Reviewed by Neal Leadbeater (3/26)

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/25)


Imagine Renaissance by Naomi Buck Palagi
Reviewed by Sheri Reda (3/23)

NINE DRAGON ISLAND by Eleanor Goodman
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/22)

Data Primer by Marthe Reed
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (3/22)

THE GILLES POEM: Winter 2006 Collection by Sabrina Calle
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (3/21)

Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems by Melinda Luisa de 
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (3/21)

Moria Books' locofo chap series edited by William Allegrezza
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios 3/14)
Reviewed by Jim McCrary (3/13)

THE OLFACTIONS: Poems on Perfume by Anne Gorrick
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (3/12)

Ice Cream...With a Smile by Swapan Ray
Engaged by Runa Bandyopadhyay (3/11)

WHAT IS POETRY? (JUST KIDDING, I KNOW YOU KNOW): Interviews From the Poetry Project Newsletters (1983-2009) edited by Anselm Berrigan 

Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (3/10) 

Nevertheless, #She Persisted edited by Barbara Jane Reyes and RESIST MUCH / OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance edited by Michael Boughn, John Bradley, Brenda Cárdenas, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Kass Fleisher, Roberto Harrison, Kent Johnson, Andrew Levy, Nathaniel Mackey, Rubén Medina, Philip Metres, Nita Noveno, Julie Patton, Margaret Randall, Michael Rothenberg, Chris Stroffolino, 
Anne Waldman, Marjorie Welish, Tyrone Williams
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/5)

Men, Death, Lies by Roy Bentley
Reviewed by Martha Deed (3/4)

FEATURE ESSAY: "Holiness and Jewish Rebellion: 'Questions of Accent,' Twenty Years Afterwards" by Murat Nemet-Nejat (3/4) 

THE SEER by Márton Ko
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/3)

Don't Say His Name by Donna Kuhn
Reviewed by Mary Kasimor (3/2)

Pier by Janine Oshiro
Reviewed by Neal Leadbeater (3/1)


Only More So by Millicent Borges Accardi
Reviewed by Jessica Gonzalez (2/27)

The Poetry Deal by Diane Di Prima
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/27)

Animals of Dawn by Murat Nemet-Nejat
Reviewed by Runa Bandyopadhyay (2/26)

THE CRITIC WRITES POEMS (2/26): Murat Nemet-Nejat

A CAPacious Act by Charles A. Perrone

Engaged by Francesco Levato (2/25)

The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen by Alfred A. Yuson
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/25)

Madison Hatta's Book of Unreasonable Rhymes, or: Madisonnets, Volume 1 by April Lynn James
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (2/24)

Goat In The Snow by Emily Pettit
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (2/20)

The Happy End / All Welcome by Monica de la Torre
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (2/19)

Reviewed by E.E. Nobbs (2/19)

Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems by Melinda Luisa de Jesús
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (2/18)

Clairvoyance by Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
Reviewed by Aloysiusi Lionel Polintan (2/17)

Mayan Letters and Call Me Ishmael, both by Charles Olson
Engaged by Murat Nemet-Nejat (2/16)

Song of the Yukon by Trisha Sugarek
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (2/15)


Reviewed by Ralph La Charity (1/31)

Then Go On by Mary Burger
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (1/30)

Reviewed by Dana Wilde (1/29)

Heisenberg’s Salon by Susan Lewis
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (1/28)

A Continuum of Force by Francesco Levato
Engaged by Joel Chace (1/28)

breakup/breakdown by Charles Jensen
Engaged by Eileen R. Tabios (1/27)

Expect Delays by Bill Berkson
Reviewed by Neal Leadbeater (1/18)

America's Tin by Joel Chace
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/18)

THE CRITIC WRITES POEMS (1/17): Judith Roitman

We Used to Be Generals by Sarah Campbell
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/17)

I Am Going To Fly Through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold Norse, ed. Todd Swindell
Reviewed by Neal Leadbeater (1/16)

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Panagiotis A. Tsonis
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/16)

BOOKER'S POINT by Megan Grumbling
Reviewed by Dana Wilde (1/4)

REALMS OF THE MOTHERS: The First Decade of Dos Madres Pressedited by Richard Hague
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/4)

Dollyland by Claire Hero and Trism by Rebecca Loudon
Engaged by Judith Roitman (1/3)

Reconsolidation: Or, it's the ghosts who will answer you by Janice Lee
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/3)

Waters Of by Billie Chernicoff
Reviewed by Michael Boughn (1/2)

Galatea Resurrects' 2016 Poetry Recommendations (1/1)

Galatea Resurrects' 2016 Recommended Publishers  (1/1)




Recently, I had the pleasure of judging the hay(na)ku poetry contest sponsored by Canada's  Festival de l'Ail de Ste-Anne Garlic Festival. I thank Elizabeth Johnston, coordinator and creator of the garlic poetry contests, for the invitation to judge the contest which took place cheerfully on Facebook.

The top winner, like other weekly poetry contest winners, will be displayed at the Festival on Aug. 26. From these "semi-finalists," a top winner is chosen by Festival goers -- a People's Choice type of award!  

For the hay(na)ku, I congratulate Sheila Murphy for her winning tercet that will represent this stairstep form:

flavored Arizona
mojo de Ajo

I chose Sheila's poem for its clever layers involving synesthetic volta with a culinary metaphor. A monsoon is unlikely to reach the desert that is much of Arizona. But a rainstorm, and (as suggested) one that's a side-effect of a far-away monsoon, might touch this U.S. state -- it just “flavors” Arizona. In such case, that rainstorm might be as welcome as a mojo de Ajo -- or garlic gravy -- that improves (if not rescues) a dry side of beef. Of course, the steak need not be desert-like and mojo de Ajo still can elevate a perfectly-turned out dish, whether it's steak, chicken, shrimp, pasta or popcorn. Here are RECIPES!

Sheila's poem also offers a synesthesia involving sight instead of taste. Look at the above photo of mojo de ajo from 101cookbooks and one can see in that glass bowl what a rain-splashed desert ground might look like!

Lastly, Sheila's poem offers clever syntax as the "M/m"s and "A"s that begin the two thoughts -- "Monsoon / flavored Arizona" and "mojo de Ajo" -- offer both a consonance and visual rhyme as well as, given the switch from English to Spanish, a sense of translation.

This hay(na)ku shows the grace and intelligence of Sheila Murphy's poetry. Congratulations, Sheila!

As the hay(na)ku winner, Sheila also will receive a copy of BLINDFOLD by John Mikhail Asfour (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011), donated by the Quebec Writers Federation and the Montreal Review of Books.


As with Sheila Murphy's hay(na)ku, the following three finalists all share a deft poetic "turn." We have Jonel Abellanosa with

Garlic cloves –
You and me

Never has garlic been so lyrical as in this hay(na)ku. I love the hearkening of complicated personalities evoked by garlic which is that unexpected member of the lily family that does not receive consistent responses (one might hate as much as love garlic). And I adore its Hollywood ending of one finding/receiving recognition in a like-minded Other so that, together, they form a couple.


Another finalist is Elly Nobs with

rocambole's problematic:
eat their scapes.

I don't traffic much in the culinary arts so I had to resort to Google for the word "rocambole" -- in such exercise, I realized the brilliance of Elly's hay(na)ku. Rocambole is the most common type of garlic--I didn't know that; I just called garlic ... "garlic"!

But why the reference to "problematic"? The answer lies in the third line's reference to scapes, flower stalks on hardneck garlic. Farmers harvest the scapes when they’re young so "they won’t drain nutrients from the garlic bulbs that will be dug up in a couple of months, plump and glorious and ready for drying.” Yet “problematic” is the poem’s turn or swerve for scales are also a pleasing “vegetable, aromatic, and even herb all in one.” Thus, the poem advises, "eat their scapes"! Click HERE for garlic scape recipes. Well-done by new hay(na)ku poet, Elly Nobbs! 


Our third finalist is Princess Fernandez with

salt, ash:
aswang's pungent death

An "aswang" is a shape-shifting monster in Filipino folklore. Princess Fernandez’s hay(na)ku reminds that (per WIKI), “like vampires, aswangs are repelled or killed by using garlic, salt and religious artifacts/weapons (e.g. Holy water, crucifix, rosary, prayers and religious verses).” More information is also available at The Aswang Project which offers images of the aswang; the next time YOU hold a garlic bulb in your hand, you might (ahem) sense an aswang image among its papery folds ...

There's an actual list online of "8 Ways to Defeat an Aswang" by Yvette Tan.

A nice swerve into a different type of pungency, Princess Fernandez!


Finally, we have four Honorable Mentions. The first three all display fine humor -- they all made me laugh! First, the dry wit of Kate McGregor with

tastes better
with garlic. Almost.

Next, we have the slyness of Robert Cerda with

Rice returns
With a vengeance.

Finally, we have Stephen Kent Roney whose humor delivers a visceral punch -- at least to readers (like me) who have been accosted too many times by the scents in elevators. Stephen presents fine observation skills with

Stinking rose.
Perfume of elevators.


I end with one more Honorable Mention: Audrey Ward with

Reaches me
And I hunger

It seems fitting that I end with Audrey's hay(na)ku as it presents the on-point effect of garlic upon those with discriminating taste: hunger.


It was a pleasure for me to participate in the Festival de l'Ail de Ste-Anne Garlic Festival Garlic Hay(na)ku contest. I am heartened to see that the form continues to travel far and wide! Let me, as the form's inventor, also confirm for the record: Yes, 

hay(na)ku is
a garlic fan

and a form 
garlicky like

More information about the hay(na)ku is available HERE.


Eileen Tabios is the editor of Galatea ResurrectsHer 2017 poetry releases include two books, two booklets and six poetry chaps. The latter includes a new fundraising chap, MARAWI, co-authored with Albert Alejo. Forthcoming later this fall is a new poetry collection, MANHATTAN: An Archaeology (Paloma Press). She does not let her books be reviewed by Galatea Resurrects because she's its editor, but she is pleased to point you elsewhere for a recent review of her work: M. Earl Smith reviews Excavating the Filipino In Me for The FilAm Magazine!  More info about her work at