VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Giulio Magrini

LITTLE SISTER I remember the feel of your candy cane jammies and the lights of joy exploding from your face; the long brown hair was the color of dirt where anything can grow, particularly my heart. It cascaded in confused curls around your shoulders, and like all kids you paid attention to none of it.Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Giulio Magrini”

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”