VOICES FROM THE FIRE: M.A. Blickley & Zoe Anastassiou

Mother’s Milk My lips tremble as if I am about to cry. Please let your mother’s milk steel me against the animal I become when my brain confuses intellectual arousal with physical pleasure.  Why do I nurse wounds that flow from the expectations of others?  Sometimes it feels like I’m the suckling of a TinContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: M.A. Blickley & Zoe Anastassiou”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker

Techniques Used In Therapy Now that he no longer goes To therapists, Kenneth  Has counted up and found  His totaled thirteen. Of these, five had – after he was hooked, Or nearly so – asked him a question Which, when first he heard it, surprised:  “What are you getting from your misery?” It took himContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rick Christiansen

POSTCARDS We sit across from one another at the old linoleum table.  It rocks slightly each time one of us rests a hand or forearm onto it.  She places postcards on the table between us as I absently pick at the worn linoleum, creating small flakes which I then brush to the floor. She arraysContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rick Christiansen”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alex Z. Salinas

Hispanic sonnet, or The burbs Back then, I was insane. At a New Year’s party Smoked a Cuban cigar with a retired elevator Mechanic who not a year later slashed his throat In his backyard. His wife worked for the  Chicago Blackhawks, flashed a championship  Ring the size of a humble penthouse. Their  Porchlights fromContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alex Z. Salinas”