Featured Post: The Golden Notebook – Tamara Fricke

Fractals flake
into color coded
notebooks, never
realizing the remnants
are wholly wiser
for leaving latent
traces of truth
like string, shepherding
mislaid migrants
through tiers
of ultramarine uncertainty.

Bombast dislodges teeth
leaving bones to moan
in places they don’t be long.
Artillery girdles me
and scaffolds tomorrow
with pock marked assurance
note it will never be that way…


When politicians seize
philosophical intent
never doubt pending
emblematic failure.
Yet, even in this,
failure’s fertilizer
fuels the labored push
needed to conceive

The irony of extension
facilitating the final blow
that spins this dervish out
and leaves fragments of another’s
fingerprints littered like
hammerscale about the room
is not obscured. Now, I am
the sulfer, smithed
and forgotten.

I am the lovelorn bullet
ricocheting off the blue
fractured summits and
red dawn hills. I embrace
my fractal existence but know
skeleton keys are a lie
told to pacify children and fools
who demand structure
in an unreasonable universe.

You’ll find no answers here
that aren’t in the margins
of other pages. Yet,
as I split my own molecules,
I’ll never taste the constancy
they contain. I am destined
to die, never knowing
a heart’s feathered weight.

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.

The Golden Notebook – Georgiann Carlson

she wrote about her life
in golden notebooks
that way
she could tell where she had been
and where she was going
but while she was writing
she thought she probably
should have been outside living
not sitting at her desk
pen in hand
she thought
it was good to keep a journal
once the words were out of her head
and down on paper
she didn’t have to think about them
any longer

as soon as she finished a notebook
she went into the yard
lit a match
and set the book on fire
then she watched the flames
eat up the past
after which she said goodbye
and went back inside
to begin again

her words
after all
had not been written
in order to hold on to things
but in order to let them go


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: The Golden Notebook

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
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The Golden Notebook