Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
-Percy Shelley, A Defense of Poetry, 1821
REVIEW of Bright Stain
nORTH aMERICAN REVIEW
Bright Stain is Francesca Bell’s debut collection and with great energy and ambition the poems cover a range of topics: sex, desire, motherhood, pedophile priests, religion, various historical and personal relationships, and aging.
Poem on Rattle
Standing before the newest-fangled
3D machine I open my gown to the tech
who leads me by my right breast
into position, cheerful but not particularly
kind, her job requiring a dedicated
sternness, the willingness to grab
what is private and lay it out…
Blank Verse Films Video poem
"Committee Work" is a stunning recount of a case of sexual assault at Hobart & William Smith college.