Severe Silence: A Narrative in Poetry and Collage
by Ava Carmel
The theme of Severe Silence can be summed up in one word: SubduWed. A passionate young woman marries a jealous, controlling man. Reassuring and placating him during his outbursts of rage, she attempts to be a “proper” wife, but finds herself defeated. She finally gathers the strength to escape, and battling fear and self-doubt, begins a journey of rediscovery.
Ava Carmel tells her story of self-awakening and healing visually, in collages, which are intriguing, spare, and powerful. Short poems and journal entries help create a coherent narrative.
Ava Carmel was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After a stint as a folksinger and songwriter, she moved to Galilee, Israel. There she has worked as a freelance journalist, technical writer, editor, and translator.
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