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

-Percy Shelley, A Defense of Poetry, 1821


REVIEW of Bright Stain


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…


"Committee Work"

By Francesca Bell

Blank Verse Films Video poem

"Committee Work" is a stunning recount of a case of sexual assault at Hobart & William Smith college.