—after Fernando & Vicente RoscubasÕ Plaster Hands
Ours, not of the grazing beasts, the aerial masters,
or of metaphors for flowersÕ leaves
waving at their gardenÕs attentive keeper.
We on timetable slavery
use these extensions of mindsÕ correlation
to bathe with small touches
of clench and middle
A magicianÕs attire,
the naked bones of fantasy
flying with hands of abstract
the few unwilling to examine
hoaxÕs definitional body.
the sculptorÕs tools
the manipulating utensils
rubbing, tamping, writing allegory prose
birthÕs rebirth of new angled
Of a nightÕs hiding, the hiders
lit by alphabetic stars and the unaware,
fall to the disguised harmers of lifeÕs unknown whereabouts. They
the discarding living
form the holding O of tightening clamps,
with deceitful pleasure a choking end, an
end of purpose
alive in the echoes inside the origin of
a motherÕs once delivery.
PaintersÕ Exhalations 232
—after Peter ZimmermannÕs Skeleton 1
Another brand of ghost,
the unheard voice of a memory
striking eyes. Recall
its skeleton, its dust
its powder, the mingling of
disdain for the skin-covering skin
adding texture to what smooth
disdains? The walkers finalize movement
with running, as does the old man whose
memory of breast feeding is a freedom
gone to the shackles of a historical event.
Time is a glance toward a body broken,
broken down delusion symptoms
unrelated to a coughing expression
or limping ankle swollen to become
a new rendition. Clichˇ symbolic
skeleton, hanging from emaciated doorways,
a laughable deterioration of an October nightÕs
forgotten festivities. Its cardboard
hardly sufficient for the alive schematics
aimed to echo the truest form, the bare
beneath an outlining layer of
skin examining day and the recovery
of lost profiles.
PaintersÕ Exhalations 241
—after Brad DurhamÕs Nine Whispers # 4
Unaware of its own isolation.
Perched on isosceles triangle,
that of limbs of the outreaching,
even angles. OakÕs hair finely thinned after combing
wind stresses dislike for natural curls.
Bird unnamed, blessed. Unnamed but
understood. Its voice heard on demand,
sliding throats of the listening canals, softly.
Crawls, too, abbreviated time on land
calls to statue of stillness, surrogate for
the abstract miscalculations of mansÕ
feeble dissection. Watch, bird, watch
beneath as watchers observe a candid
existence, one of constant leaving, therefore
a shouting scream will never fully reach
your anonymous abscond.
© Felino A. Soriano
Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974, California), is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults. He has authored 10 collections of poetry, including ŅApperceptions of ReinterpretationsÓ (Calliope Nerve Media, 2009), ŅrÓ (please press, 2009), ŅSearch among the Absent FoundÓ (Recycled Karma Press, 2009), and ŅAmong the InterrogatedÓ (BlazeVOX [books]), 2008. He edits & publishes Counterexample Poetics, www.counterexamplepoetics.com, an online journal of experimental artistry, and Differentia Press, www.differentiapress.com, dedicated to publishing e-chapbooks of experimental poetry. Philosophical studies collocated with his love of classic and avant-garde jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences. His website explains further: www.felinoasoriano.info.