VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

         Victoria Coach Station-Isle of Wight. An inexplicable indoor wind whips litter around my feet and bags.A newly docked Coach, it’s hot tyre smell reminds me of the roads back home in Summertime.Though we are deep in November, nearly December.Coaches smell of Summer, years of my childhood on a tourist island where Coaches abound, andContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ethan Goffman

I Am an Oracle In 2025 the United States as we know it will cease to exist. In 2042 I will die, alone and impoverished, in a shoddy facility set up, quickly and haphazardly, to house the elderly and terminally ill. Between those two events, my wife will die of a medical emergency. In 2070,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ethan Goffman”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson

Waltz Footprints in Snow  Care to dance a new waltz renew, or drift back to those old vintage footprints− waltz with me footprints in snow fog covering over old snow. Rose Petals in a Dark Room I’m but a poet of this ministry, rose petals in a dark room fall. Everyone’s life is a conflict.Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gayle Bell

Buddy And The King Of I-35 If you see us camped on a busy street a sign that says nee foo Spare some change A dollar for a smile a can of dogfood for the king of I35 May the Lord serve you well He says to all who pass I was a mutt escapingContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gayle Bell”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Giulio Magrini

FOR AUNT GLORIA AND THE UNFAMOUS Her life not measured in canvas masterpiece Celebrity media intimates Politico assurances before a poll The flags were not raised Or lowered to regard her There was no need for urgency To respond to 911 for help On Locust Street She was the wobbling walk Of drunken red hairContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Giulio Magrini”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover

An Old Man Appears The weather was nice.  I’ve been wanting to go to the bush for a while to see the magical world that lives within and beyond the trees.  As I walked I saw chipmunks sunbathing on stumps and brown and white butterflies’ in their mourning cloaks grazed my sight.  I listened toContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dillinger

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker

Two Things My Cat Does  1.Henry loves being let outInto the hall of the apartment houseto collapse and roll over the carpet. He looks up; I stoopTo fingeringHenry’s stomach.  Each time. 2.Whenever Henry cleans, a legShoots up to wave like the arm Of a boy in grammar schoolSilently mouthing the words “Call on me, teacher!IContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker”