VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

What do I Miss? Your first kiss?My last hit?Which of youDo I most miss?As time goes onNo easier to say,life has taken the choice away.But I know that she lies in wait for meMy arms wait patiently,Love with harm and Sharp kissSteals the memory of the one I miss. Repugnant You, repulsive, repugnant, revolting junkie,HereContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

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: 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: Heath Brougher

Your God Your God is a slave to human imagination and flights of ridiculous fancy. Your God is more dead than Nietzsche. Your religion is an insane social disease,  childish and created to help cowards  cope with vaguely cultivated conundrums concerning Truth.  Your God is an anvil tied to Humanity’s tyranny of evil traditions andContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Heath Brougher”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne Burke

Fat A fat girl standing in the doorway of WALGREENS “can you buy me something? I have not eaten all day.” She follows me inside. Tells me her name, “Jen.” “What’s yours?” I mumble “Wayne.” “Duane?” “Yeah, Duane.” In the candy aisle she reaches for a bag of peanut butter M & M’s on sale,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne Burke”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Leah Mueller

The Great Reset Fuck trigger warnings  and the new normal. Give me danger. Late-night  standing ride between train cars: our sweaty hands clutched side chains to avoid falling onto the tracks. Pre-dawn drunk beside the lake: insistent police spotlights  swept the sand after the beach closed  for the evening.  We hid bottles under shirts, asContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Leah Mueller”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lacy

This is standing up Like a big glare  Outside looking at the moon Through the trees drowned out by the sky Clouds shy from my six This is fired from my hip Call this cloud 9mm Taking it past a show up Out and off of my cliff Swan cry as a dove dies ThisContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lacy”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo

Sticks Scratching In The Sand The lessons are thereboxed in letters and windsymbols of flightand mightand wandering lustthis weightless destinythis excusable existenceeach undistinguishablefrom the nextwe pride ourselves in timeon lifeon the waves in which we crestas we float on white capsbellowing and bustlingand bursting at the seamstrying to define our energyour needy criesour searching prideandContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost

The Duluoz Legend –the stories are all good lonesome traveler. Suicide by alcohol. Integrity achieved by fighting it out with A sad & brutal landscape. Sure, Jacky boy… Living life on your limitless terms Came and went in a 47-year-old gust of tears. The “jewel center” you fought so hard to define… Ended up asContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost”

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”