Muted and She: Two Short Stories in Verse by Jessica BellMuted and She: Two Short Stories in Verse by Jessica Bell

Muted and She: Two Short Stories in Verse

byJessica Bell

Paperback | October 1, 2016

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Muted: It's illegal to wear clothes. In some streets, it's also illegal to sing. Concetta, a famous Italian a capella singer from before "the change," breaks these totalitarian laws. As punishment, her vocal chords are brutally slashed, and her eardrums surgically perforated. Unable to cope living a life without song, she resolves to drown herself in the river, clothed in a dress stained with performance memories. But Concetta's suicide attempt is deterred, when she is distracted by a busking harpist with gold eyes and teeth. Will he show her how to sing again, or will the LEO on the prowl for another offender to detain, arrest her before she has the chance?


She: A girl's brief encounter in limbo, following a suicide attempt, after being sexually abused by a priest. God in limbo is represented by SheShe has been misinformed about how faith is advocated on Earth, and sends the girl back for another chance at life, in the belief that she must repent for her sin. This story explores the notion that it is blasphemous for religion to be institutionalized, because no matter what one believes, there will always be something or someone that contaminates its worth. The only faith anyone needs can be found within one's own heart and soul. *Disclaimer: This story is not in any way a direct criticism of religion, or a representation of the author's beliefs, but simply a creative exploration of the concept.

Jessica Bell is an Australian award-winning author and poet, writing and publishing coach, and graphic designer who lives in Athens, Greece. In addition to her novels and poetry collections, and her best-selling Writing in a Nutshell series, she has published a variety of works online and in literary journals, including Writer's Digest...
Title:Muted and She: Two Short Stories in VerseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.15 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Vine Leaves PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1925417522

ISBN - 13:9781925417524


Editorial Reviews

"This utterly brilliant short work is not merely dystopian; that is too easy a label. It is a wholly organic, poetic warning of a future where a master may 'dress his staff in false expression' and other, more dire, imaginings. There are too many gifted turns of phrase and images for this to not be regarded as an extraordinary outpouring of poetic narrative. The protagonist's voice has been tampered with: Bell's voice speaks for her, and movingly." Charles Bane, Poet Laureate Nominee of Florida"Just beautiful. I read it several times and each time was more painfully beautiful." Monica Bhide, author of Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken