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: 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”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Marc Olmsted

VACCINE Inoculate hungerInject educationUnplug Virus X tweeting!Mask socialism calling it“free health care”Drain oil abscessfrom gasoline planet’s armSocial distance the copsclubs & guns sheathedin weeping empathy –Police dog’s head of angernow stretched outon massive paws big sigh asleep

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”