About the Poems
by Eileen R. Tabios
I wrote these poems during a hotel stay in some room overfilled with gold-lacquered furniture and gilt-edged wall hangings. While munching on freebie chocolate-covered strawberries and oversized chocolate chip cookies, I devised a persona and wrote poems from her or about her. Those were particularly fat strawberries...which is possibly how I came up with the idea, too, to try to poeticize the blow job. So these are the results of that afternoon. And I believe it was after this group of poems that I left linear narrative for, uh, years.