Francesca Bell


In the name of accuracy and inclusion

In the name of full disclosure

That we may say we love us and also that we hate us and be completely forthcoming

That we may wear the face of our beloved

That we may take up the first stone and smash that face to pulp

That we may be 100% right in our thinking and 100% wrong in our thinking 100% of the time

That to know us may make bile rise in our throats

That to know us may make delight bubble up into laughter

That, in our mirror, a moon glows golden

That, in our mirror, a cesspool glowers back

That whatever befalls one of us befalls all of us

That whatever we do to one of us we do to us all

That we see we are the dumpster fire we encircle to warm our greedy hands in the dark

FRANCESCA BELL is a poet and translator and the author of Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019). Her work appears widely in journals such as B O D Y, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, and Prairie Schooner. She lives with her family in Novato, California.

Read more by Francesca Bell:

Poems, translations, and reviews in B O D Y.