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Court of the Dragon
Paolo Javier




Nightboat
2015 • 120 pp. 5 1/2 x 8"
Poetry - American

$16.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-36-6



“Javier’s book is at its most pleasurable when he allows his writing to be taken over by repetitions until his lines become hypnotic and trancelike.” —Publishers Weekly

A new book of poetry exploring domesticity, desire, and dreaming by the Queens Poet Laureate

Javier’s new book of long poems is both intimate and elusive, a simultaneity brought to the fore by the author’s interest in the occult and intuitive processes, in oblique and plain spoken discourses. Politically and erotically charged, Court of the Dragon eludes programmatic ideology, packaged identity politics, and confessionalism in its interrogation of the praxes of everyday living. Written over the course of a year, this striking new book conjures its future through intuition, improvisation, and magick.



PAOLO JAVIER served as Queens Borough Poet Laureate from 2010–2014. He is the author of seven chapbooks and three previous full-length poetry collections, including The Feeling Is Actual. Javier edited and published 2nd Avenue Poetry (2003-14), an online language art journal that produced three diverse volumes of contemporary innovative poetry, sound art, and visual art. He lives with his family in Sunnyside, Queens.



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