The accents in The Feeling Is Actual are shrapnelled clips of attention that cluster in Javier's incendiary field of poetic perception. The texts reconnoiter and reveal, scope and identify the minute registers of alienation and disjunction at the edges of words. Joker: I'm a man of my word. Words that jar with a syllabic static to recuperate a palpable interference in the channels of this racialized/radicalized writing. a missed sipping/ a musty reeve. And reified by the subtle concretions of cartoon and photographic imagery, subtle markings that can turn the page into a post and lead us through the high occupancy lanes of these performances and texts. This is rush-hour poetry, so pay attention! --Fred Wah
The best magicians narrate what they're doing and speak so beautifully they can pull off their tricks right before your eyes, candor as gambit. Paolo Javier gives away his plans to combine & recombine handwritten & printed jokes/ song lyrics/news articles/ advertising copy/ with graphic snippets of appro[priated] cartoons to reduce comic images to visual shorthand, and thus he gets away with murder. As a bakla fan of Paolo's for example, I should be offended at the way he mis-spells Barbra Streisand's sacred name, inducing visual violence, raining fire on hell s vanquished angel, but instead I m well, LMFAO, proving once again Houdini s first axiom: the tarugo s quicker than the eye. --Kevin Killian
About the Author
PAOLO JAVIER is the current Queens Borough Poet Laureate. The recipient of grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, he is the author of five chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections, including The Feeling Is Actual (Marsh Hawk Press), 60 lv bo(e)mbs (O Books), and the time at the end of this writing (Ahadada), which received a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award. He edits and publishes 2nd Avenue Poetry (2ndavepoetry.com), and curates Queens Poet Lore, a roving literary series that takes place across the borough.