WHAT SMALL SOUND by Francesca Bell Reviewed in Caesura Literary!

This collection immediately thrusts us into scenes of relative comfort and privilege that are all too often interrupted by the violent horrors plaguing this current time. Mind you, the terms comfort and privilege are used loosely here, as the speaker and characters will not be delivered complete relief or freedom from these trials. However, the speaker does at once give thanks “for this world of green grass and suffering,” while also conveying that prayers will not grant liberation from this plight. The speaker walks through this life as an empath deflecting, yet absorbing, digesting, and transforming news headlines, in order to reveal the layers of connection between the personal and political.