Abstract Magazine International | Mother Russia by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro
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Mother Russia by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

28 Apr 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Guilherme Bergamini


She keeps you shut inside her.

In her wooden womb, you grow

smaller, smaller. Your ears

are sealed beneath a babushka.

You sit woodenly through winter,

your cheeks wind-burnt red circles.

Your mouth, it never opens. Nyet

to speech. Nyet to borscht, shav,

blinis. Your tongue will never

taste the salt of black caviar

or even herring. Your aproned belly

is lathed round, but empty.

All is for oligarchs, tsars.

To peasants like you, Nyet, nyet.

About the author:

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro’s novel, Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster, 2004), was nominated for the Harold U. Ribelow Award. Her short story collection What I Wish You’d Told Me was published by Shebooks in 2014. She has published essays in NYT (Lives) and Newsweek. She teaches writing at UCLA Extension.

Art: Guilherme Bergamini

In the artist’s words:

Guilherme Bergamini is 39 years old and was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Graduated in journalism, has been working with photography for 22. Through this art, Bergamini intends to express his experiences, worldview and anxieties. Passionate about photography since childhood, Guilherme is an enthusiast and curious by new contemporary possibilitiesthat this technique allows. Persistent and critic, the art is thas photography as a way to political and social criticism. Awarded in national competitions and festivals, he took part in group and solo exhibitions in Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Lithuania, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, United States and India. Had his work published in several Brazilian and foreign press vehicles. He publishes part of his photographic journey on his website (www.guilhermebergamini.com).

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