Painters’ Exhalations 105 ~ Felino Soriano

—after Karel Appel’s Window

Open, wind sings songs according to morning’s mood
and noon’s affection leading to dusky romance,
hugging the petals of local love symbols.

Outside, pain stands and sits and lies
according to the bodies blending with rational
occurrences, the lens of house eyes, blindfolded often
by floor-length draperies guarding rug from sun

witnesses what the human deemphasizes.  Nowhere
exists language definition of glassed slates
man has declared window, until these creations
label self as conduits, abstract conceptual hearsay
to the unbelieving naysayers

prodding society to understanding less empirical awareness
than day’s prior revelations.

Painters’ Exhalations 106
—after Max Beckmann’s The Acrobat on the Trapeze

        from land’s preconceived
            alarmists describe air dancing
within the swinging scope disengaged from ground
entertaining, dangerous.  Danger is entertaining

states a culture desensitized, rubbed clean of emotional material.

Empathy is the hand labeling dead end roads.

    awaiting fall or appropriate flips of unusual strength
smiles a blossom scenting the crowd oblivious among
this form of human.

Painters’ Exhalations 107
—after Patrick Caulfield’s The Letter

The letter cannot be written with an altered hand
        the hand
delusion of self entering self
further maintained
with avant-wings
            sliding into unfamiliar
nests a home resembles briefly
when dreaming.
            The letter is extinct.

Cursive strokes a ballet rendition has lost its audience.

Only few, the hiding, the absolute in provisional era
contains spontaneity, ability to conjure emotion for another

appropriating expression with hand tools into the silken gifts
of carried envelopes.

Biography Note:

Felino Soriano (California) is a case manager working with developmentally and physically disabled adults.  He is the editor of the online journal, Counterexample Poetics,, which focuses on International interpretations of experimental poetry, art, and photography.  He is the author of three chapbooks Exhibits Require Understanding Open Eyes (Trainwreck Press, 2008), Feeling Through Mirages (Shadow Archer
Press, 2008), Abstract Appearance Reaching Toward the Absolute (Trainwreck Press, 2009) and an e-book Among the Interrogated (BlazeVOX [books], 2008). The juxtaposition of his philosophical studies with his love of classic and avant-garde jazz explains his poetic motivation.  Website:


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