VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Harry McNabb

The Hope-Crusher When you go from being a boy to being a young man, you start to find girls very interesting. I was thinking this as I walked around the Brick Gardens student apartments on Halloween. I had selected Brick Gardens before the semester because I thought that sharing an apartment with 3 other studentsContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Harry McNabb”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne F. Burke

The Organization Tuesday night at Leno’s Bar & Grill.      Henry Holt sat on the third stool from the right, where he sat every night of the year, except Christmas Eve, which he spent with his mother, with whom he lived.      Henry swiveled on his stool, stepped down, and walked outside the bar. HeContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne F. Burke”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: The Mississippi Prison Writing Project

Instead of featuring a particular artist and/or writer, I’d like to draw attention to The Mississippi Prison Writing Project. The editor. Louis Bourgeois first reached out to Dumpster Fire Press about a month ago… “Hope all is well. Our organization wanted to bring to D.F.P.’s attention our recent publication, Mississippi Prison Writing from VOX PRESS We feel thisContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: The Mississippi Prison Writing Project”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kaci Skiles Laws

Ghosts My mother was crazy. She was crazy in love with my dad long after he started ‘working late hours.’ She loved him even after his broccoli casserole was too cold, and he hit her for the first time, two years into their marriage.  There were times the biscuits were overdone; the ice cubes had notContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kaci Skiles Laws”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison

Ode to Matty’s Prescription Glasses                                   (for Matty) I’m sure they’re yours Plastic, wire stems curve around Your pink ears Found them lying next to a ConAir hairbrush, Antibacterial body wash, A tube of Colgate written in German LubridermContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan

Star-Crossed I never thought I’d be in my 30’s, throwing rocks at a woman’s second-story bedroom window. First night out the pen in two years, and they were going to lock me back up for vandalism. It sucks when your girlfriend gets kicked out of her apartment and has to move back in with herContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker

Not An Option? “Complaining is not an option,” proclaims the Ph.D. Whose self-help books sell internationally  Though not as well as before: now he has been convicted Of sexual impropriety and has been made to pay a quite steep fine. Before that, adorers tended to overlook his peccadilloes.  They loved How he paced back andContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tony Brewer

Morning Pages Every time I type your name it’s different like forms of snow that don’t matter while shoveling I can hear your punctuation written out how to breathe where to stop and start over and over A million notes without music typed too fast transposing letters & saying things wrong edited later toward strangeContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tony Brewer”