Featured Post: Backlash – Robert G Wertzler

“Orangutans are skeptical
Of changes in their cages” [Paul Simon – “At The Zoo”]

That may be so, not unlike humans
But, they don’t troll the Zookeeper
(However fond of rum he may be)
On Twitter, threatening rape and murder
They don’t try to pass laws
To turn back the clock, the calendar
They don’t preach from pulpits
Of treason and damnation
Shouting of “whores” and “sluts”
And “perverts” and “socialists”
Feeling terrified, they spread fear
The idea of equality between sexes
Or between races is a horror to them
No, Orangutans don’t do those things
Only humans do those things
Only humans can be so trapped
In old ways and privilege to
Engage is such violent backlash
When confronted with change


Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various times as a soldier (US Army 1967-70), community organizer, cab driver, welfare case worker, wooden toy maker, carpenter, warehouse worker, and other things. He relates to a line in a Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip its been.”

Featured Post: Backlash II – Georgiann Carlson

the BACKLASH
for being female
for not knowing my place
for daring to have a voice
washes over me
like wings made of razor blades
cutting
and biting deep into my flesh
with every
word
with every
rule made
to crush my spirit
to teach me the lessons
they want me to learn
but I don’t bleed
I just get
stronger
and
stronger
because
after all
gorgons
are like that


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: Backlash – Tamara Fricke

I’m a lesbian
because I can install
a garbage disposal
and don’t like
being called a cunt.

I am a whore
because I like
my body, sex, and
am totally comfortable
talking about it.

I am a second-class
woman because
I refuse to reproduce.

I am bossy and bitchy
and pushy and stuck-up
and a know-it-all for
being well educated,
articulate and successful.

I am a murderer
because I chose
what was best
for my body
and that child’s life.

And I deserve
every ounce of abuse
because I dared
step into a manly
manipulated world.


Tamara Fricke is the 2010 co-winner of the Gertrude Claytor Award of the Academy of American Poets and is previously published by The Lyon Review, Meat for Tea, Attack Bear Press Poetry Vending Machine, Whisper and the Roar, We Will Not Be Silenced, and has been included in a number of compilations.  Her poetry chapbook Our Requiem was released in 2014.  She lives in Springfield, MA, with an ungrateful cat, where she writes grants professionally.

Featured Post: Backlash – Georgiann Carlson

most women
are cats at heart
wild
free spirits
independent
untamable
intelligent
and
at times
vicious
that’s why
a lot of men
like dogs
but women
pay a price for being feline
there’s a BACKLASH
that is fired directly at them
since freedom and independence
are not allowed
in a world
where men
want to control everything women do
but men should remember
that cats always land on their feet
and cats have needle sharp claws
and very pointy teeth
and even if men take eight of a feline’s nine lives
she’ll still have one left

HISSSS


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: Backlash

Throughout the month of August, Christine will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a seminal feminist book. These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to Christine at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #FeministBookChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

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  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #FeministBookChallenge
  • @christabelle1966

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.

Backlash