The poems that appear in Francesca Lisette's Teens were written between 2007 and 2010. Teens is deeply influenced by the intellectual climate and sea-charged air of Brighton, where Lisette lived whilst studying at the University of Sussex for five years. Approximating feminist phenomenology through a syntax of borrowed and misheard phrases; saturated with code-language, its philosophical outlook pre-savaged by the Frankfurt School & Situationism; this work traces a geography of body and spirit encountering battles both within & outside itself. At the centre of this collection is "Casebook", straddling the boundaries between performance text, prose poem and lyric. Lisette’s first collection is reprinted in full alongside poems addressing the student protests of late 2010, and previously unpublished poems.
Lisette’s published work includes Tarorchid (broadside from Grasp Press, 2009) and as the rushes were (Grasp, 2010). Extracts from "Casebook" can be found in Better than Language: An Anthology of New Modernist Poetries (Ganzfeld, 2011). Her poetry can be listened to and read at Archive of the Now, and watched at Openned’s archive of the Greenwich Cross-Genre Festival. Her work has appeared in magazines including Damn the Caesars, Axolotl, Hot Gun!, Cambridge Literary Review, Holly White, hi Zero and Signals. She organised the Chlorine Reading Series in Brighton from 2009 to 2010, and has an MA in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex. She currently resides in London.
Her poetry has been written about by Luke Roberts in an account of the First Annual Sussex Poetry Festival, by Mike Wallace-Hadrill in the CRS pamphlet series, & on Bebrowed’s Blog.