All the Bright Places – Candice Louisa Daquin

All the places I have been and sat, and wept, and dried my tears moving on to another destination leaving you there in shards, in bottle tops, in crumpled napkins and cigarette box leaving you there in unmade sheets, flung wide windows, ageless sea gracing our loss with her eternity. I have run from you,…

Prozac Nation – Robert G. Wertzler

Load them up Those Cemtrail planes Fill them with Prozac Stuff them with Valium Medicate the populace The Gaslighted nation Numb baffled minds Thought paralyzed Reality and fantasy In a blender of lies Give illusion of calm Provide entertainment While the world burns Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health…

Week Two: An Unquiet Mind Writing Prompt Challenge

This November Brave and Reckless, Go Dog Go Café, and Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen are teaming up to host An Unquiet Mind Writing Prompt Challenge. At the beginning of each week, we will provide daily writing prompts inspired by titles of memoirs and novels that explore life with mental illness. We will also provide the Goodread links for the…

Week One: An Unquiet Mind Writing Prompt Challenge

This November Brave and Reckless, Go Dog Go Café, and Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen are teaming up to host An Unquiet Mind Writing Prompt Challenge. At the beginning of each week, we will provide daily writing prompts inspired by titles of memoirs and novels that explore life with mental illness. We will also provide the Goodread links for the…

waltz-Gabriela M.

I waltz into an empty ballroom yesterday the ghost of Maja haunted Goya in the streets hungry demons haunted you effervescence, the molecules of those who’ll never be, a door gets slammed a key gets turned the breath of earth is choked initiation my hair gets caught deep in the coldness of the stars my…

Quotable Poe Week Five-Kindra M. Austin

IN THE BLACK   He visits the beachfront every night and shouts her name at the ireful sea. He stands at the rock-strewn coastline, his tall frame stooped and shaking as the frigid tides break before him. He laments the woman who haunts him— The Archer, a living ghost.   His heartache is a fury…

Quotable Poe Week Five-M. A. Morris

How the Stories End   No one would understand why I’m here, so I’m sure you don’t either—at least you don’t yet.  But I promise you will.  I’m going to tell you a story and then you’ll understand.  There is a method, as they say, to this madness.  Oh, and you will have the opportunity…

Announcing November’s An Unquiet Mind Prompt Challenge

For November, Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen will be teaming up with Brave and Reckless and others for a writing prompt challenge.  We will be using the titles of memoirs and novels that explore life with mental illness as daily writing prompts. To honor our own mental health and self-care needs, we will be posting the…

Quotable Poe Week Four-Kindra M. Austin

ETERNALLY OCTOBER   In his dreams, she dances in and out of shadow and luminescence. Her liquescent movements are reminiscent of a languid flame that once danced for the rose candle, which now sits cold, useless— dead since late October.   He breathes deeply scents of sandalwood and rose, the essence of her hair. He…

Quotable Poe Week Four-Lynn White

Self Contained   There used to be a man who would sit here on this bench every day gazing at the view. He was always alone. He would stretch out his arms across the back of the bench so that he filled it, completed it. Though he was always alone there never seemed space for…