The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Eileen R. Tabios’ “INVENT(ST)ORY”

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Military Goodies

From Greenpeace’s Archives, an article “Toxic Legacies: Toxic Hotspots in Clark and Subic”: “After almost a century of military presence in its former colony, the Philippines, the United States was forced to withdraw from its bases, including Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, in the Philippines after the Philippine Senate rejected an extension of the RP-US bases treaty in 1991. When the Americans left Clark and Subic, it soon became apparent that they also left behind a lethal legacy of toxic wastes brought about by irresponsible use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials including persistent organic pollutants such as Poly Chlorinated Biphenyl’s (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides.”

This selection comes from Eileen R. Tabios’ collection INVENT(ST)ORY, available now from Dos Madres Press. Purchase your copy here!

Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released about 40 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Her most recent is INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems and New 1996-1915 (Dos Madres Press, 2015). With poems translated into seven languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized ten anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays in addition to serving as editor or guest editor for various literary journals.  She maintains a biblioliphic blog, “Eileen Verbs Books“; edits Galatea Resurrects, a popular poetry review; steers the literary and arts publisher Meritage Press; and frequently curates thematic online poetry projects including LinkedIn Poetry Recommendations (a recommended list of contemporary poetry books).  More information is available at

librecht baker. Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance Ensemble member. Kouman Kele Dance and Drum Ensemble memeber. MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. VONA/Voices & Lambda Literary Fellow. Sundress Publications’ Assistant Editor. Poetry in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices & CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape. Currently, birthing & manifesting.

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