Posted by: tsopr | February 22, 2010

Felino A. Soriano, American Poet

Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974, California), is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults. He has authored 22 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: Poet of Philosophy and Jazz Cooccurrence.

Featured Poetry of Felino A. Soriano

Approbations 123
—after Miles Davis’ Moon Dream

Her light
atop the sill of sole
reflectional window

wearing elongated silk
into grasping full-length skeleton
of her arm’s nighttime
recreates the mind’s abstract
dissertation, outlining
numbered relevance
                                                    that of curious culture
and underground heritage
meeting to design
neoteric formations, those
of delusional manifestation and
dedicated service to specialized

Approbations 127
—after Freddie Hubbard’s Straight Life

Life lived
                  blindfolded victory
keeping and sustaining fingering
fulcrums atop eyes’ necessary
visual needing, being lead by
ideological giants
performing fear-based
leading to recreated terror
born in a child’s memory, say of
time dismissing peace, definite
spectrum of never-changing

Approbations 128
—after McCoy Tyner’s Naima

my face
                                 bouncing image-sounds
your shape and circumference from
the base of my naturalized smile.
Autumn’s orange fades
                 the whole of you
contours fully, realizing major curiosity
within the male spectrum of my all-conscious
onto the hand my outreached stare extends, softly,
run, embrace the maze of enveloping
                  lends and pretends, sometimes in vain to
never believe death can portend
separation, transgression of existence
most vilified in the hope of
continuous exclamations.

Approbations 131
—after Eric Dolphy’s Reincarnations of A Love Bird (Take 1)

This bright-lit
verbal octagonal species
hovers and sings
                 designs and serenades
                                  returns, and too, never wholly leaves

reinventing illogical pet names                          forced imprisonment
rusty, wrought cage

allowing free speaking dialectic
resting on metaphoric shoulder
                engaged to engaging notions
                                                                           man will never portend
                                                                           ability to prophecy
                                                                                      separation’s masticated
unmusical spectrum, and bird’s
instrumental tone
redelivers manifest
                                           meant to become a together rendition of
naturalized commitment.

Approbations 132
—after Brother Ah’s Love Piece

The sphere

near halo dimension


not by rubberized teeth, too
not of the hands rearranged
displaying superlative strength in digit’s

but instead

by memory



within the sectioned holdings
of the mind’s favorite desire

messaging through chemical

reasoning into why separation
leads to moods of underdeveloped,
disappearing embraces.

Copyright © 2010 Felino A. Soriano



  1. Felino,

    Approbations: how wonderful! Your approval or proof of the power of words & the power of jazz was “Way Welcome” (as I put in my poem here on February 10). I now think of you as an “artist’s proof”, that is, a demonstration of evidence that compels acceptance of a truth. You are a true poet.

    Miles of Smiles,

    Neal Whitman

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