Poetry. Music. Evolving from a libretto for performance with Listening Center originally commissioned by the High Line, MAYBE THE SWEET HONEY POURS is made up of new poems that fold into a longer work drafted across several train rides from NYC to Toronto, Canada. Its present form resembles the seriality of Ted Berrigan, Frances Chung, Lorine Niedecker, & Stephen Jonas' poems. Overtly, MAYBE THE SWEET HONEY POURS is a love poem about hitting the re-set button, and rhapsodizing about Wong Kar Wai's Happy Together while mourning the loss of musical icons David Bowie, Phife Dawg, and Prince. But still-present (North American) border anxieties, racial melancholia, transnational identity, fatherhood, and Buddhist teachings number among the poem's spectral affections.
The former Queens Borough Poet Laureate (2010- 2014), Paolo Javier was born in the Philippines and grew up in Las Piñas, Metro Manila. The recipient of a 2021 Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Grant, he was a featured artist in Greater NY 2015 and Queens International 2018: Volumes. He has produced three albums of sound poetry with Listening Center (David Mason), and is the author of five previous full-length books. He lives with his family in Jackson Heights, NYC.