Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Three poems by Felino Soriano

Three poems
by Felino Soriano

Approbations 13
—after Robert Glasper’s Tribute

Hands such hands

hold and divide (say, portions of sustained



against heart of sons’ mastery of want

needing such needing

dashing connecting tissue into

newborn realm, together, vibrant)

provide and scold

and mother

rhymes wish with

metaphor for need

becoming cotton warmth

once dedicated wrap

hands such hands now


calming finish of life’s layered



Approbations 14

—after Nicholas Payton’s A Touch of Silver

Slivers sketched, sanctified

hold on the skin of her skeletal hand

a once-before (historic hurricane) white-hoary shadow

enriching love’s panic, content, documented


The white stain of porcelain’s rigid hug

once held silver’s contoured, cornering words: I do,



Approbations 15
—after Tom Harrell’s A Child’s Dream


prior to the watchful style of sun’s

organic mount

young child

sealed into encircling fear, riot of farewells

voted terror-sporadic notion

psychology of sound marinates within

candle’s vertical burn. He

envisions an external body, his, one of

coastal elongation, constructing castles

from the blond strands of sand’s fallen fur.


to the sleeping purity bringing body into light

unorthodox speed of sifted designation.

Awake inside mentoring sleep, he

sees waves becoming mother

entering into purple shadow

drawing dawn against wall’s

aggregated muscles, strongly

holding worded echoes

stir stir stir.

Author bio:

Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974, California), is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults. He has authored 20 collections of poetry, including “Altered Aesthetics” (ungovernable press, 2009), and “Construed Implications” (erbacce-press, 2009). His poems have appeared at Calliope Nerve, Full of Crow, BlazeVOX, Metazen, Heavy Bear, and elsewhere. He edits & publishes Counterexample Poetics,, an online journal of experimental artistry, and Differentia Press, dedicated to publishing e-chapbooks of experimental poetry. He is also a contributing editor for Sugar Mule,, and consulting editor for Post: A Journal of Thought and Feeling, Philosophical studies collocated with his connection to classic and avant-garde jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences. His website explains further: Felino Soriano.

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