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.
Paolo Javier was born in the Philippines and grew up in Las Piñas, Metro Manila; Katonah, New York; Cairo, Egypt; and Vancouver, British Columbia. He's produced three albums of sound poetry with Listening Center (David Mason), including the limited edition pamphlet/cassette Ur'lyeh/Aklopolis and the booklet/cassette Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours. A featured artist in Greater NY 2015 and Queens International 2018: Volumes, he recently completed OBB, a weird postcolonial techno dreampop comics poem begun in 2005 that also includes illustrations by Alex Tarampi and Ernest Concepcion. His books include MAYBE THE SWEET HONEY POURS (Nion Editions, 2019), COURT OF DRAGON (Nightboat Books, 2015), THE FEELING IS ACTUAL (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011), and 60 IV BO(E)MBS (O Books, 2005). Author City: QUEENS, NY USA