Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

-Percy Shelley, A Defense of Poetry, 1821


Rhino REVIEW of Bright Stain


Unflinching, tender, and sensual, the poems in Francesca Bell's, Bright Stain reach straight for the aorta and never let go.  The poet asks nothing less than to face oneself honestly, yet with compassion.  

Blog Post


It’s been a difficult couple of years for women and for liberals. For those of us who are liberal women, it’s been downright excruciating. Watching the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford offered pained, dignified testimony about the sexual assault she suffered in high school was particularly wrenching.


Video Poem

By Francesca Bell

Video poem of
"I Long To Hold The Poetry Editor's Penis In My Hand"

Rattle magazine presents episode one of their new video series "A Poet's Space". This month they feature Francesca Bell's funny poem "I Long To Hold The Poetry Editor's Penis In My Hand", which appeared in issue #40, Summer 2013.