Caiden Feldmiller


Applied Fantastic

               after Paulina Olowska's Chess Player 1

  Claire Anna Baker "Belly"

Claire Anna Baker "Belly"


She steals all she is

given: gold curves, gold

 

scarves, away from her

spatial advantage

 

of Harrwitz bishops

with a brief message

 

for the Eastern Bloc.

"In times when there is

 

hardly anything

in stores to buy, you

 

can create an out-

fit from hand-me-downs

 

or your grandparents'

closet." Buttons and

 

tinsel hang from the

breast of her sweater

 

like the norigae

of tissue-paper

 

and cardstock cut-outs

of pomegranates

 

you taped to the girl

in the library.


Dean Young’s Piñata

 

The process is

the poet’s strange

 

contraption. What

but syntax, song,

 

and pop awaits

between paper-

 

mâché and his

balloon approx-

 

imately dol-

phin? Pop! A some-

 

times stranger’s eyes

above his win-

 

dow box of dewed

delphiniums!

 

His scuba fins!

A fusillade

 

of bats provokes

his “fusillade

 

of bats,” while kids

behind the tree

 

choke up for e-

ven faster swings.


Bio

 

Caiden Feldmiller is the author of the chapbook Pig, Smoking (Saddle Road Press, 2013). He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.