VOICES FROM THE FIRE: R. Keith

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Roz Washington

Pretty Girls All I do is walk about them in this valley of the Sun they’re so often they can soften your mind if you let them often I often take on endeavors that profit my lifestyle all of these remarkable beauties I encounter, thee attire their fitting, thee smiles I’m receiving on an oftenContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Roz Washington”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Joshua Martin

Slipping through the briefcase abruptly  Hunger pain of cruel side swiped dilemma rotten tooth & all, trees blown from mountainside where goats lay w/ shepherds who point their crusted fingernails at mailmen on acid washed jeans of environmentally unsound corporate nightmares, industrious, floundering, cooler than a kumquat & just as incomplete, whereas (& this beginsContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Joshua Martin”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Mihaela Melnic

The Other Side of Things I wish to seethe other side of things.So let me be nowthe masculine partof everything. I wish to produce semenfor mere pleasureor for a new life. I wish to be a planta rock, gay, straighta fire logblack, whitewoman, man, child, animaland be even myselffrom time to time. I wish toContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Mihaela Melnic”

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: Hussein Habasch

Translated by Azad Akkash Every day! Every day I pass by the madhouse. From the third-floor’s window, A woman shows up. She cries: Help, I need help! I say to her: I need that also! She raises a wry laugh And asks me: Are you mad like me? In all seriousness, I answer: Yes, sure.Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Hussein Habasch”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tim Heerdink

Part-time Cartographer Takes a Call Midwest Telecom ringing offtones from the telephone receiverbeckoning a response from the captainas he teleports himself toward the entrance. A spike in volume sputters out its tiny speakerpressed between his ear & shoulder while he fumblesfor that one decent ballpoint people keep stealing from him. His tone carries low throughContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tim Heerdink”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Howie Good

Excreta My mother went into the hospital for heart surgery and never came out. Afterwards, my father tried to kill himself three times. The last time the lights in the house went “Pop!” I was about to turn nine. I remember because I had just won an award at school for most improved speller. You’reContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Howie Good”