Bright Stain Reviews
Bell gives us a merciless view of the human condition that leaves us breathless.
Poet Francesca Bell shows she's one of the most exciting--and disturbing--voices in contemporary poetry with her dark and resplendent debut collection, Bright Stain.
From Bell, a gritty poetry debut that examines the power and perils of womanhood, sex, and religion.
Many of these poems blaze from the page either for their confessional style or the brazen descriptions of pleasure experienced deep in the body.
Unflinching, tender, and sensual, the poems in Francesca Bell's, Bright Stain reach straight for the aorta and never let go.
Francesca Bell's first book of poetry reflects a dark universe in which sexual pleasure and pain are intricately linked.
-Meryl Natchez, for ZYZZYVA
The voice is fresh, assured, unique, unapologetic, and very brave in its determination to expose the dark underbelly of things, especially conventional female roles in sexuality and childbearing.
-Rebecca Foust, for WOMEN’S VOICES FOR CHANGE
“Everything having to do with publishing and promoting your work is vastly easier when you can rest on the cushions of relationships and reputation, but it's vastly easier to write when no one knows you. It's easier to take risks and to tell the truth when you are alone.”
The collection is best summed up by the ending of the first stanza in "Woman Singing in Church," "we are pummeled by it, laid open / on the blade of its loveliness."
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