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”

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: Michael Lee Johnson

Showers & Rain I’d like to see you in showers, shadows, memories, final hours that end this rain. Daisies reveal your simple secrets, yellow perverted pleasures, complicated, often unseen mysteries like COVID-19 virus. Forget your sins & dance with me. All petals at some point fall in season come to despair same as a desperateContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson”

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: 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”

KELP ME!

An escape from National Poetry Month and poetry just in general…. Dumpster Fire Press’ first release for May features the spectacular short fiction collection from VOICES FROM THE FIRE contributor and fellow MAD SWIRL contributor Harry McNabb. Featuring cover art by James Maj. “It’s a real pleasure to release Harry McNabb’s latest story collection.  IContinue reading “KELP ME!”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: James Maj

“you realizing Jesus watches you in the bathtub”