Featured Post: bell jar beauty – ashley jane

you call her
tell her to
smile more
wear dresses
you put her on display
in your trophy case
keep her
behind the glass
a perfect specimen
of the female sex
you want her
to be seen but not heard
to honor and obey
to sit quietly
a bell jar beauty
that you take down
from the shelf
and show off
to your friends
but she is so much more
than pretty
and she wasn’t made
to obey
she was made for greater things
better things
bolder things
than stroking the ego
of a man
who doesn’t know her worth

Ashley Jane is an indie author from Alabama. She has been writing off and on since childhood, but she only started sharing her words a few years ago. She is the co-founder of FallsPoetry prompt, which runs on both Instagram and Twitter. She also co-hosts DarkLines and DrugVerse prompts on Twitter, and she is co-admin of Her Heart Poetry and Our Poetry Journey. She has two books of poetry out: Love, Lies and Lullabies and The Mums are Filled with Melancholy. She enjoys helps other authors pursue their dreams of publishing.

You can read more of Ashley’s writing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress

Featured Post: The Bell Jar – Georgiann Carlson

she kept her heart under a
Bell Jar
on a table next to her bed
taking it out
only when she read
a good book
or played with her cat
she thought life was
easer when she couldn’t
feel anything
she was right
of course
and she was also wrong
she didn’t think
keeping her heart
inside her body
was worth the pain
so she looked at it
through the glass
and wondered
what it was thinking


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: 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.

Image courtesy of Pinterest

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.

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: The Bell Jar

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

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.

The Bell Jar