Midlife Crisis Looming amid Immortal Dreams…

I’m dying…I really am…

Turning forty this week with one foot in the grave and the other one on a banana peel…

Dumpster Fire Press to celebrate presents a special bonus release…The 21 page chapbook by Milenko Županović… IMMORTAL DREAMS

Now let’s get back to that banana and dwindling time pertaining to the void I shall fall into the darkness of the grave…or not…

It’s been a hell of week even with personal stuff and a failed fascist coup both of which I’m not going to get into but rest assured there may be rants of sorts in the future but let’s talk about DFP and what has happened so far this week, what is happening and what will happen possibly…

First off DFP launched the VOICES FROM THE FIRE series featuring one poet, one author, one visual artist each week.

Submissions (hint, hint) are plastered on the “about” page.

Dumpster Fire Press was proud to feature artist Carman Benoit (hey she was the unofficial official previewer), hip-hop artist and poet Roz Washington with three poems, painter James Maj with his painting the “The Death of Herackles” and writing dynamo Harry McNabb with his story “I Want to Be a Pet.”

in conjunction to really kick things off between the Carman’s art and Roz’s poetry the first release of 2021 was the poetry collection by Brenda Christie STRANDS OF STRUGGLE…if you haven’t read the write up, you should it features one of my favorite poems 14 Days and her work can cut to the bone while taking you to a land of dreams where restoration and healing seem possible.

Next up in honor of my birthday or really because I like poetry and this particular poet in general (Happy Birthday to me) I’m proud or rather “we”” as I can actually say now after obtaining various agreements with certain individuals…” present a Dumpster Fire Press bonus release… Milenko Županović’s 21 page chapbook IMMORTAL DREAMS, a grand introduction to such a fine poet and the debut of Dumpster Fire Press artist Dillinger whose work you’re going to say often on a multitude of levels. I look forward to further collaboration between these two fellows and as always a write-up does no justice to the words of the poet nor the art of the artist…

The last apostle

The entire wall

 was covered

 with it

 night was mystical

 as the picture

 that ended


 of Santa Maria

 was decorated

 as the most beautiful


The apostles

in the picture

Judas is behind them

The artist finished

 his work,

and went to eternity

the lightning flashes

 revealed a mystical work

 they could only see

 the blood flowing

 in the place where

 the reflection it was

 as the presence

 of another apostle

Leonardo  beside

 the apostles

blood on the walls

 of the monastery.

MILENKO ŽUPANOVIĆ, thanks so much for gracing Dumpster Fire Press with your work and allowing myself and readers to enter a realm of esoteric mysticism among the roots of ever evolving cyclitc history which causes one to ponder the nature of redemption and the mechanics of existence as our world shifts from one crisis to the next…

(and thank you Dillinger for the exquisite cover, Dumpster Fire Press welcomes you to the fire)

Last day of 39 going on 40, it’s been surreal and hopefully about to get weirder so I can be adequately pro at this existence thing….

Midlife Crisis looming can’t afford to buy a Corvette nor chase women about half my age, so started a press.

Published by Mike Zone

Mike Zone is the former Editor in Chief of Dumpster Fire Press and managing editor of Concrete Mist Press. The author of Screaming in the End: Poems and Stories, Fuck You: A Fucking Poetry Chap, Shedding Dark Places (almost), One Hell of a Muse , as well as coauthor of The Grind and Razorville. A frequent contributor to Alien Buddha Press and Mad Swirl. His work has been featured in: A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Black Shamrock Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, Better Than Starbucks, Piker Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Synchronized Chaos, and Cult Culture magazine.

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