VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dillinger

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

Walked the Walk ‘Perhaps you fancy, you know if it’s a nice day next Sunday a little walk along the beach maybe.’ I said.Feeling like a would be suitor in a second rate period drama.Then somehow I instantly made it worse by saying ,‘Or we could walk in the park you know, the nice woodedContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin

Fire Breathing Moron Maybe he was part of some subtle mind control experiment gone wrong or a longitudinal study on the perverse effects of a lifetime of stimuli provided by nothing but what cable television provides. His signature act could be traced to that scene in “True Romance” where Patricia Arquette is trapped in aContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Merritt Waldon

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin

The Waitress Men in suits imagine themselves posing for cover of Black Belt magazine: white shirts open, black chest hair turning gray, exposed, gold neck bling, a single edged razor blade affixed to a chain.  Sit at a four top table. Order elaborate cocktails with precise instructions.  Blood red steaks, so rare the cow mightContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: James Maj

“Clown”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin

The Rules of Attraction Leaning forward on his barstool he telegraphs his best move. One so obvious she wasn’t sure if she should duck or counter punch. Could see that he was an assortment of all the bad DNA left over after the good stuff had been handed out, the mediocre stuff claimed and onlyContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: John Stickney

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bruce Hodder

On Morphine (after my lung collapsed) I saw all four Beatles in a green stuffed pepper one lunchtime, and Jesus  in my ward shower curtain. The words on the page of the book I was reading leaped and pirouetted like ants in a ballet. It was trippy, almost worth nearly dying for, but considering IContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bruce Hodder”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin

On the Road They drove the car as if they hadn’t boosted it from the driveway of some  mansion they’d knocked over, drove as if the trunk wasn’t full of top shelf stuff they could pawn for pennies on someone else’s dollars, as if there weren’t designer bags stuffed with watches, earrings, necklaces, jewelry, noContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”