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Happy To Be Here To Be Happy

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Happy To Be Here To Be Happy (2022) is Augustine Paredes' third book, it is a collection of poems and images attempting to navigate a feeling of desire through narratives of a distant, growing, and healing migrant body. 

It is a confusing journey towards happiness that ultimately arrives at the closest paradise there is.

13 Poems, 13 Figures

42 Pages

Prologue by Anna Bernice

Epilogue by Danabelle Gutierrez

Designed and published by

Augustine Paredes and Friendly Fires Small Press

Augustine Paredes is a Filipino artist and photographer questioning what it means to desire in the light of love, loss, and longing.

Anna Bernice is a multi-disciplinary creative based between Dubai and Berlin. Currently focusing on art writing and curating, she co-founded Sa Tahanan Co. with Augustine Paredes, creating a platform for Filipino creatives in the UAE.

Danabelle Gutierrez is a multi-awarded writer, actress, and photographer. She is the author of poetry books I Long To Be The River and & Until The Dreams Come and chapbooks Eventually, The River Surrenders, and Softer.

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