VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Christian Garduno

Saint Jerome’s Blues It’s travelling to my heartand the diagnosis, it doesn’t look goodIt’s melting into my veinsand the prognosis, it doesn’t look good I crawled my way to Saint Jeromehe gave me a carafe of red and sent me stumbling homeAnd the next time I see Saint JeromeI’m going to crack his heart ofContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Christian Garduno”

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: Tim Heerdink

Wolf in Temptation This morn, I walked dressedin cloth I’m not accustomedwhen population marks zerowithin my radius of reach. Hunger transports meout from my dark denso these urges canbe extinguishedbefore flamestake me. I see your beauty& I wish you couldfeel how hard it isto be me underneaththese clothes. Strip meof this false nature,ride meuntil IContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tim Heerdink”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost

Come With Me We walk the steps of forced life within a filthy neighborhood— a doomed scenario that tortures existence into a blind escape stare, where the angels of the absurd cannot comprehend a vision of a place where ugly people play for keeps… Not Science Fiction Head still staggered… Tilted— Far away from allContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo

WET MY GULLET come hither you delicious tykeallow me to bathe in your beautywash over tongue and jawwith fragility so sweet white heated cankers throband dissolve with each swallowone bubble haughtier than the lastcrowded laughter chimes truth the roots of your beginningchristened and blessed inholy waters as throngs of revelersbelch into the face of theContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo”

A Bloody Thank You

It’s fitting that I watched the film 1917 right before I released DFP’s third release for National Poetry Month… THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT by Bleeding Heart Poet Bleeding Heart Poet takes you to another time and place, drawing you into lives ravaged by war in a land where voices are seldom heard from or evenContinue reading “A Bloody Thank You”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Holt

Engineers (On Our Coffee Break) We used to go down by the tracks to throw stones at the trains as they went by There was something satisfying In the clang of a rock bouncing off a tanker Sometimes we would sit on the steps of an old caboose and pretend we were engineers on ourContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Holt”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Richard Modiano

Poem for Danny Baker The world of real life, the raw urgency of the moment— the taste of black coffee, of charred red meat, the recoil of the Glock in your hand, the poem that forms in your brain— waits for us beneath history, its mysteries passed down through generations in the currency of momentsContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Richard Modiano”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: R. KEITH