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: Cord Moreski

Notice  The landlord is paying  a visit this evening  while I see him getting back  into his shiny Ferrari  playing with the dashboard  outside my living room window I got this notice between my fingers  but don’t even have to open it  to realize what this is again  because if I listen carefully  the otherContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Cord Moreski”

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: Paul Warren

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Karen Cline-Tardiff

Do Credit Cards Dream of Electric Purchases? The teller thought it was probably when I tried to buy gas at the Quik-E-Mart out on the bypass. They’d had a rash of credit card skimmers on that side of town. They issued me a new card on the spot, all shiny with little gold chip, justContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Karen Cline-Tardiff”

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”