Speechless the Magazine

 To render. Be rendered. Awestruck. Awesome.
A magazine of poetry and related arts straight from L.A.



Claudia Handler

Claudia Handler was honored this past spring as one of the six 2006 Newer Poets of Los Angeles.

Hear actor Brad Dourif read "For the Betrayed"

For the Betrayed
(For Giulietta Masina in “Nights of Cabiria,” directed by Federico Fellini)

Gone is the sway of the rope bridge,
and the heralding tips of the flames,
for the truth is true,
and the lies are lies,

and you are penniless as Cabiria, 
skint and sinless,
with nothing but small socks for comfort.

You can ask to die, like she does,
as butchered promises lie cracked and open,
certain and empty as eggshells.

Or sit, sunk in your innocence,
which can no longer shame you
or make you righteous,

stunned and passive as folded cotton,
with the grace of the broken,
and the stillness of the palm full of pieces.

You can sleep the sleep of the helpless then,
like a bewildered wafer on a tongue,

and wake to the twigs of this willing cliff,
and to nothing else but life,
and walk, with nothing else but feet.

And when the adolescents approach,
pulsing and strumming,
pom-pommed and Vespa-ed,
chiffoned, drumming, and just,

and circle you until you are
knocked ajar and flooding,
with something that you did not know,

you can come, like she does, and nod
to the startled camera of us all.


Speechless Spring 2007
Copyright © 2007 Published by
Tebot Bach