Felino Soriano

Through Lens, the Eye Misleads Itself

The tree protests its sole human cause.
Autumn orange leaves,
hair of flame
contrary avifauna
while invisible mending
of difference
stitches and confirms
movement and aid
never cease.
                        The photographer,
giant manipulator of pose
and angular stillness,
captures sans
                            flash (and uneducated sight)
gnarled arms, oil brown,
antiquated matter
used to beautify the manicured lawn
of an hour’s many homes.
Turned from realism for the avant-garde,
the angle in which the lean occurs
touches light-blinding yellows,
an arrangement of the mind’s
unusual understanding.

Felino Soriano (California) is a case manager working with developmentally and physically disabled adults. He is the editor of the online experimental poetry journal Counterexample Poetics. 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: www.felinosoriano.com.