Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Felino A. Soriano. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“I consider myself a jazz man in the world of ideas, a blues man in the life of the mind. Because my models were jazz musicians and blues men, who have to find their voices, not just be echoes. Who had to have a vision, not just a stare. And in the end, have to be true to themselves. Because all imitation is suicide. All emulation is a sign of an adolescent mind. Now all of us imitate. All of us emulate. But those who love us, like Monk loved Coltrane? You don’t need to imitate Johnny Hodges. Go ahead and find your voice brother.” —Dr. Cornel West.
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
My writing stems from the perspective of positing a poetic language of immanent discovery. Often, the burden of everyday language—one offering a sameness and lack of creative spontaneity—creates spectral desensitization toward environment and the paradigms of interrogating what expands into beautiful presentations. I am first, an interpreter of what surrounds me; music is foundational, and the found rhythms inspire and dictate each poem’s identity and spatial configuration. I am interested in language as longevity, in advocating for its limitless disposition toward revealing, and in this revealing, I aim to uncover/unconceal angles of what is unseen, the belly of a stone’s cool and undisturbed silence.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
Here’s a link to five poems published from my current project “Of this Momentum Song“
Felino A. Soriano’s poetry appears in CHURN, BlazeVOX, 3:AM Magazine, and elsewhere. His books of poetry include sparse anatomies of single antecedents, Of Isolated Limning, and Pathos|Particular Invocation. He publishes the online journal Of/with, and is Multimedia Editor for Unlikely Stories Mark V. Visit felinoasoriano.info for more information.
See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.