Featured Post: The Bell Jar – Tamara Fricke

Fuck Holden Caulfield
and sing instead of
electrified ether
crackling down
the spine of every
woman that bore him.

I’m bored with him
and I’m suffocating
under the weight
of smug superiority.
Life is only meaningless
because your white male ass
decided it was.

The glass of this cage
was crafted to supplant
umbilical care and was
hung before my first
lung full of air, and now
as I goldfish gasp and
the jar seals, I find
your self-smothering
cigarette smoke appalling.

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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: Sister Outsider – Tamara Fricke

Kneeling before you,
Sister Outsider,
I offer you the milky
shade of my skin
that I may draw you,
and other strangers,
closer to the fire.

I ask that my privilege’s
shelter canopy cross sections
of isms and help feed
malnourished lips
that have cracked
in silent screams.

Please, lift my voice,
Sister Outsider,
that I might better siren
the calls of obscurity
and celebrate the
humanity of us all.


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.

Brave and Reckless’ August Writing Prompt Challenge

Throughout the month of August, Christine (Brave and Reckless) 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
or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

# the title of the daily theme
#FeministBookChallenge
@christabelle1966
You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.