Speechless the Magazine

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A magazine of poetry and related arts straight from L.A.


(Art Meets Poetry and Vice-Versa)

Keven Bellows and  Martha Bardach

Illustration by Martha Bardach


Endless images
of my mother's back
tense against the desk chair
rehearsing her bills, bent
at the sink, shoulders sloping
toward the scraped carrots,
freckles framed in satin
curved towards the center of the bed.

Always the map of her back,
also the edge
as she turns
three-quarters gone,
the space around her airless and flat
going dark from the turning point.

Keven Bellows

Artist's Statement

I have been listening for many years to Keven read her poetry, speak of her process writing poetry, and speak of the creative pull of poetry as an essential route to understanding important relationships. I have benefited immensely from this ongoing conversation about writing as excavation and reconciliation. A couple of years ago, during of period of turmoil, I had the chance to show Keven a series of small artist's books I was creating to deal with my personal difficulties. It was out of her appreciation of my imagery and my long time appreciation of her words that the collaboration evolved.

Keven gave me a copy of her manuscript, which I read countless times in search of a launching point for my contribution. We set a deadline. And still I wondered if I would have something to give her. But upon reading the poems one more time, three themes and three poetic lines jumped at me. The three collages I made for the book seemingly assembled themselves after that.

Martha Bardach

Martha Bardach Was born in Los Angeles in 1943. During childhood, she lived and traveled for long periods of time with her family in Europe; she received exposure at a young age to important elements of European culture, art, architecture, music, language, cuisine, etc. She graduated from UC Berkeley and earned an elementary teaching credential at UCLA. She worked several years in NYC in the Time-Life Books division Library of Art. She returned to Los Angeles in the late 60s, married and had one son. In the late 70s she was a freelance photo researcher. Since the early 80s she has been the West Coast Photo editor for  Time Magazine. She has taken photography classes at Santa Monica College and book arts classes at Otis College of Art and Design.

Keven Bellows See this issue's In Review for a review of her book, Taking Your Own True Name (with illustrations by Martha Bardach) and a biographical note.

Speechless Spring 2007
Copyright 2007 Published by
Tebot Bach