Featured Post: The Handmaid’s Tale – Georgiann Carlson

Like Red Riding Hood
put on the red cape
so the blood won’t show
stay on the path
follow the rules
do as you’re told
and
the woodsman
will get you anyway

that’s why Red
carries a sharp knife
make friends
with the wolves
and follows her own path


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: Handmaid’s Tale – Tamara Fricke

In the sandwich laden air
stem cells weave cages
locking dirty diapered babies
in with lions, the very lions
parents crashed through
raging deserts to avoid.

Left unshackled,
bra straps tether
tender flesh to
steaming irons
make-up trays
and pointy-toed
stilettos that
stab – stab –stab
at gutted corners
of self-worth as
we smile-lie through
the glass shards
we supposedly
shattered.

Life isn’t precious,
subjugation is paramount;
even the bees get it, don’t you see?
Bent to the will of the flower
they too labor themselves to death
so the bear can come
and steal it all, while the flower
propagates the cycle.

Jailed and monitored
due process dissolves
with every lethal injection.
Babies wail and the women
remember it all started
when the banks
terminated our accounts…

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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: The Handmaid’s Tale – Georgiann Carlson

spread your legs on demand
wear a blood red uniform
so they know where you are
what you are
who you are
and what you’re for
give up your name
your identity
become a walking womb
with no voice
while they steal your child
break the rules
and they might
kill you
but keep your hatred
burning deep inside
let the flames lick
at your rage
and let it boil
while you wait
for that sweet moment
of revenge
and never
ever
lose
yourself


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 Handmaid’s Tale

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.

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