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Francesca Lisette

Francesca Lisette
photo (c) Nat Raha, 2010


Francesca Lisette was born in Surrey in 1987. She has an MA in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex. She organised the poetry and performance series Chlorine Readings in Brighton between April 2009 and July 2010. Her poems have appeared in UK and international magazines including Axolotl, Cambridge Literary Review, Damn the Caesars and Sous les Pavés. Her pamphlet as the rushes were was published by Grasp Press in 2010. Her work will be featured in Better than Language: An Anthology of New Modernist Poetries (Ganzfeld 2011) and in a pamphlet of poems written around the student protests of late 2010 (Grasp 2011). With Jonny Liron she developed her poem Casebook: A History of Autonomy and Anger into a site-specific collaborative performance; it has been published by Mountain as Teens.



Recorded in Stoke Newington, London on 2 November 2010

Casebook: A History of Autonomy and Anger

a poem for performance


Poems and pamphlets

  • Tarorchid (Grasp fold, 2009)
  • as the rushes were, (Grasp Press, 2010).
  • Untitled collection (Grasp Press, 2011) with Jonny Liron, Joseph Luna and Timothy Thornton
  • Teens (Mountain, 2012)


  • Better than Language: An Anthology of New Modernist Poetries (Ganzfeld 2011)


  • A reading of Tarorchid and a transcript of an interview with Francesca and Tim Thornton by Steve Willey & Alex Davies at Openned
  • Video of Francesca reading the entirety of Casebook at the Greenwich Cross-Genre Festival, 2010


Sample Text

delete mastic rhymes

delete mastic rhymes. plum squalor
basket catches the squeal of magnesia karma,
wished for in every carbonated buzz
of blood swells apparel inner flesh spread
tricks marble into the mournful shoulders
all empty buildings burn with how
we medicate this ache, that starts as
peppermint swab burgling sexual entropy,
of Orient dangle chicken cuff glamour
huts –
you will never put the fix on love
it will keep grubbing in mulish imperfect
habit, 25, 29, 36, 41, 57, clucking wind-barley
diastole breeze for wrecked pick’n’mix
feast points, oh. who is your own best pet
gluing eyelashes in pontiff urbanite, distilling
a fierce matrimony of hurt lust and gunpowder?
think we not on this, think our primary ribbed
fingers mutely plumb harder, gauze our stationary
catechisms itch body binary as awesome sunsets
dare to breathe, i’m sorry we cant
limit push beyond oil-well slip
pulled up at midnight, your blue slender
taskforce unhooking & papering silver crosses on aching trees
jellied mandelbrots and insatiable witches’
pigment eyeing
disentanglement fever-swatch.

souped in a stink of bone & brevity
what loses face to maul, what pools
love to arson, shifts light ungathered
to a narrower acid track.



'Francesca Lisette's poetry is an intricate delight, some weird kind of jewelled thing.' - Alan Hay

'… toying with obscurity, confident measure, I think actually being deliberately secretive as a form of intimacy, or a way of controlling intimacy. The highly ornate vocabulary of her poetry establishes a strange relationship with the listener: the way I follow Lisette's work is like a grid, or aspects and planes of meaning and signifying which are constantly shifting. Maybe these grids and aspects and planes are attached to bodies, or at least a you and an I, even if those poles get repeatedly flipped and turned and examined.' - Luke Roberts

'Tensions between local and global uncertainty are too complex to tolerate any single reading as representative of their interaction. This poetry's resistances to conventions of thematic comportment - to its credit - do not display a particular attitude or theoretical position vis-a-vis "language" or "the world" towards and from which its substratum of subject(ed)-matter is co-ordinated. It is gratifyingly difficult therefore to summarise the handling of these resources as a range of tactics on the author's part. This much ensures that the question of what this poetry is about, rather than becoming sidelined by any description of its skirmishes against received structures of aboutness, remains a centrally vital question to be determined by rather than for it.' - Mike Wallace-Hadrill

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