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Greta Bellamacina & Robert Montgomery

This poem was first published in The Aleph Review, Vol. 2 (2018).

costed hours of you

the snobby children of grocers are

the biggest danger to the country

clacking over the whatevers

a half-valentines day

before the separating airports

cashmere blankets our mum’s bought us

and hopeful television

the thing about love is that

like poetry

it’s nothing to do with language

it’s our last line of defense against language consuming

all the ordinary magic of the world

the thing is, it waits like dried reflects of life

Hackney seemed dust covered tonight

just forged in the all-yellowed lines

laughed out and justed like this

laughted would have been the past perfect

tense of laughed, if we had

an English that had survived

the Chaucerian century

but your eyes gyred like windows

or like nothing remembered

put your skull bone back on my shoulder bone again

Still like that, come back in for hugs

Let’s sleep till 000Women’s Hour comes on and get up at 10.15

late for our jobs

Come back in and sleep on me in morning sunshine

I can’t remember language

What was English?

"Life Was An Imaginary Color Upon The Face Of A Dream" by Asavir Nadeem for Khamsa Art


Greta Bellamacina published her first collection Kaleidoscope in 2011. In 2014 she was short-listed as the Young Poet Laureate of London. In 2015 she edited A Collection of Contemporary British Love Poetry, a survey of British love poetry from Ted Hughes till now, featuring the work of Wendy Cope, Emily Berry, Annie Freud and Sam Riviere. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in LA. Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine said, Greta “is garnering critical acclaim for her way with words and her ability to translate the classic poetic form into the contemporary creative landscape.” Greta’s collection Pershing Tame is a dazzling and frank meditation on motherhood, female identity, ennui and love. She has been featured in Vogue, The Evening Standard, Dazed, Wonderland, I-D, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and the BBC for her work.

Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof. The first monograph of his work was published by Distanz, Berlin in 2015. He has been featured in The Independent, The Guardian, Dazed, Interview and The Huffington Post. For more, visit:

About the featured artist: Asavir Nadeem's work investigates disassociation across intimate and public spaces, as well as the role of mark-making in relation to personal and collective memories. Asavir did her BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore (2021). Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally and she is currently working on multiple artistic projects.

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