Painters' Exhalations 23
—after Edward Hopper's Room in New York
Duality of common indifference. They
conducting silent, unmusical tongues,
spreading separated bodies
farther into mind controlled remoteness, diffusing
a contingent pause in human connection.
Newspaper, holder of his eyes in cupped
palms, elaborate prose. Her lean
precious as genius, her lean
curling into nonchalance atop
the piano's luscious tone.
Art on butter walls,
an infantile landscape
crawling near the feet of
fatherly mountains. Such a
universal translation of comfort,
the mind, if it fishes in an amorous thought,
their bodies can rejoin in married,
amalgamated devotion, where distance's voice
is too faint to wrap around the wings
of fleeing embraces.
Felino Soriano (California) is a case manager working with developmentally and physically disabled adults. He is the author of two chapbooks, an e-book, and has a chapbook forthcoming. The juxtaposition of his philosophical studies with his love of classic and avant-garde jazz explains his poetic motivation. Website: www.felinosoriano.com
Ray Succre Tendai Mwanaka Michael Lee Johnson Steve Parker Dottie Ann Stucko Felino Soriano