Today I'd like to continue the fall/winter contests with Felino A. Soriano's poems. The first is his celebration of Poncho Sanchez.
Oh, the joy
—after Poncho Sanchez’s Baila mi gente
we this aggregation of
fluid wings this
articulation of rhythm’s
mobile language and prosaic
the feet of our listening
erupt and configure
pronounced figurines of multilingual
The other is his invocation of Marian McPartland, the long time NPR host who interviewed everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Lionel Hampton to Kenny Burrell to Steely Dan to Elvis Costello. Born in 1918, she inspired Felino's poem for the contest of poems inspired by musicians born in the 1910s.
Each crow suspends prior to dedicating movement
—for Marian McPartland (born 3/20/18)
the dance of the body’s turning
an age of trend an arc of proving rhythms—
mist of air’s whispering welcome
nothing here hallucinates under the
fingering tributes of wing and plurals of
a prose writes
its wandering purpose
into gaze and promise to etch meaning from absence
and within the voice a
curtain of horizontal hands
pause and continue . . .
a bowing of
internal reliance with
SUDDEN symmetry :: each rounded sounding
pound of memorizing measure, the associated
figurines of air’s crisscrossing angular levels
paralleling music with the flight of handmade veneration—
the tribute will arrive again, ongoing
mentioning toward the hearers of tonal
Let's listen to some Poncho Sanchez and Marian McPartland.
Here is a live version of Baila Mi Gente, the song that Felino references:
Yumbambe is also live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zId8oULYto4
I will also include his version of Cantaloupe Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOpmMDj8IZI
Marian McPartland's version of "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" dates from 1964, the good old days!
Here she and Dave Brubeck perform parts of "Take Five" on her show. This recording is from 1984:
She joins Steely Dan on "Hesitation Blues": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-zo0FggV3c