Educating the Shih: A Filipina Poetics
Eileen R. Tabios:
"From my recent work, an example is my newest book, 5 Shades of Gray — the collection's 30 poems were all written in a two-hour rush or energy. I hadn’t intended to write these poems. They just surfaced one afternoon. To do my job as a poet, I knew to heed their call and not be distracted away from sitting down on the table with pad and pen to write them out from the energy I had not willed but was suddenly feeling. I later would edit the collection but most of the poems remain untouched from their first drafts."