VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Paul Warren

Drainage for angels

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ryan Quinn Flanagan

First in Class He showed up early that morning. Sat in his usual chair at the back of the class. Beside the periodic table on the wall with all those initials and never any explanation. He opened a book from the library and pretended to be reading. People reading always seemed like they were pretendingContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ryan Quinn Flanagan”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lacy

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker

Bucolic Favorite names of men, for me, Are “Jeremy” and “Timothy.” I’ve a CD of birds in the wild On which clearly as clear can be One dude reiterates its name: “Jeremy Thatcher, Jeremy Thatcher,” Pauses briefly, then Double-states again. In my mind I see a former Female Prime Minister of Great Britain. Timothy?  Timothy’sContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson

Poets Out of Service (V6) Like a full-service gas station or postal service workers displaced, racing to Staples retail for employment against the rules of labor, poets are out of business nowadays, you know. Who carries a loose change in their pockets? Who tosses loose coins in their car ashtray anymore? iPhones, smartphones, life is aContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tiberius Galloway

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Duane Vorhees

THE POSTMORTEM Your doom and your disappearanceare but two of death’s deceptions. You won’t ride with the Valkyries or be served by any houris. Don’t expect balance and feather, an accounting in a ledger, an inquisition by angels, the companionship of sages. You’ll have no Hell/karma/Heaven —judgment’s privileged to the living. Your remains are genesContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Duane Vorhees”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kushal Poddar

Goodbye, Dream  Near and far from the incarcerator, and near and far from our brother good memories ambush the rotten ones. What are you burning to forget? Everything between the zilches.  Now the one is gone. The code of the remembrance- zero, zero and zero. Did we remove all the metals from his heart? LateContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kushal Poddar”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson

The Redemption  My eyes green are 2 glass windows into the past. I keep the blinds pulled down tight. Carnal knowledge is a Biblical definition of sin. I live in darkness, the shame of those early years. I pull myself out redemption in old age, a savior, before the grave, I flatter myself in a mirror,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Shane Allison