Sunday, September 2, 2018

Book Review: 'Humanity: An Anthology, Volume 1' by Eileen R. Tabios

Anyone familiar with Eileen R Tabios' rather enormous output of poetry and experimentation written communication and style will have an idea of what to expect in this newest publication HUMANITY: AN ANTHLOGY VOLUME 1 (the title alone invites compassion). But then again, not necessarily, because every time Tabios sets her mind to a new project, something unique happens. In this collection of contemplations of humanity that ask us to consider the reasons for living, Tabios has selected a collection of authors/poets/philosophers/ordinary people who respond to her question – ‘..where are the moments of joy, of beauty, of grace within this doomsday path humans are on? From where or how do we come up with reasons that make it worthwhile to continue living? To rush out of our beds to greet the day? To smile? To laugh? Well, for me, these moments would occur through the positive interactions made possible by love and respect for other people, creatures and the environment...".

Anthologies are impossible to quote – the number of entries is nearly twenty – but her summary of the book’s direction offers the substance found – ‘In HUMANITY, we are presented with humanity's explorations, often struggles, with itself in a variety of contexts. From the anthology's contributors--poets, environmental advocates, an ethnomusicologist, a physician, an ethnoecologist, a music minister, a clergywoman, a fictionist, and multiculturalists--we glimpse an overall picture of strength and fragility, of empathy, and myriad hopes. #humanitytheanthology #humanity.’

This book overflows with thoughts that birth thoughts from us, with brilliancy of writing. As is always the case with Eileen R Tabios she is quietly overtaking her art form with constant infusions of new ideas and techniques. Grady Harp, September 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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