Reconciling Life’s Pain & Love: A Review of WHAT SMALL SOUND by Francesca Bell

How can we exist within, and navigate our way through, a world where the deepest beauty is inextricably linked to the darkest ugliness? Francesca Bell’s unflinching second collection of poetry, What Small Sound, seeks to answer that question, staring down the pain and love that simultaneously live in the spaces we are forced to inhabit—and play our dutiful roles within.

What Small Sound is a gloriously complex examination of this dichotomy that not only exists in this world but is inescapable—and is here by design.

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