Eileen R. Tabios

SUDDEN ASIAN PREPPER
—March 2020

A dozen jars
of macapuno
preserves,

20 bags of
dried mango
jerkies,

dye for turning
hair blonde,
tape

for double-lidding eyes,
an ankle
sheath,

15 propane cans,
100 MREs,
then

8 large buckets
of vegetable
stews

with 25-year shelf
lives that
become

revived by water
if blisteringly
hot


0-6EILEEN R. TABIOS has released about 60 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in ten countries and cyberspace. Most recently, she released a short story collection, PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora and a poetry collection, The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019. Inventor of the hay(na)ku, a 21st century diasporic poetic form, she has been translated into ten languages and also edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. Her writing and editing works have received recognition through awards, grants and residencies.

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