By Felino A. Soriano
The neighbor’s hymn,
an echo of your own voice
a plagiarized prose
against a rhythm that
cannot swing. You
sit to understand balance
because distance is both
numerical and exhausting. You
examine this human angle
that writes its name
to gather trust in lasting. The hymn
is wise and understands what
the human will never do. It
is song that demonstrates
distance, and you fold this space
into your hands to build mirror form.
Felino A. Soriano is a poet documenting coöccurrences. His poetic language stems from exterior motivation of jazz and the belief in language’s unconstrained devotion to broaden understanding. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies. Recent poetry collections include sparse anatomies of single antecedents (gradient books, 2015), Forms, migrating (Fowlpox Press, 2015), Of isolated limning (Fowlpox Press, 2014, and Mathematics Nostrovia! Poetry, 2014). He edits the online journal, Of/with: journal of immanent renditions. He lives in California with his wife and family and is a director of supported living and independent living programs providing supports to adults with developmental disabilities. Visit felinoasoriano.info for more information.
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