VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bruce McDermott

Amazing People I saw this gentleman  on a TV documentary It was not a PBS documentary  He was a porno actor in his 60’s the oldest in the business it said And he could pull off the inevitable plot  on command You have it or not I suppose I need time and reason these daysContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bruce McDermott”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin

Fire Breathing Moron Maybe he was part of some subtle mind control experiment gone wrong or a longitudinal study on the perverse effects of a lifetime of stimuli provided by nothing but what cable television provides. His signature act could be traced to that scene in “True Romance” where Patricia Arquette is trapped in aContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gary Maxwell

A Meditation for Monday Morning Proud, lifelong members of a mediocracy – they plan to die here. A quiet harbor. All that fills the air’s the scent of dead fish, stinking. Managed by seagulls screeching high above our heads, the daily droppings are their directives. In the belly of THIS beast I envy Jonah. AmericanContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gary Maxwell”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lacy

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost

Notes During a Drive When you become defiant  at being the  underdog in all life’s dealings, The limitations are thrown to the curb when attempting to become a man… Defeat, desire, decisions– Some you chose, some just a death lock caution. No more calls for self-pity. You do not go through the motions these days,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Walter Shulits

I NEVER META-POEM   Someone please help me…I was in LA having my  left testicle cryogenically frozen while walking on  hot coals singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic”  on the second Thursday after a full moon, the latest lactose-free remedy for erectile dysfunction— when, I don’t know, it happened so fast… I was pounced  upon,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Walter Shulits”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kappa Waugh

Benedictus Benedictine in a tiny bottle, tongue in, tongue out, mooning, dreaming, face of the boy who’d borrowed a dollar last week, but won’t speak to her now. She slips her fingers past her waistband, a new face, the man who fingered her five years ago during  that movie The Nun’s Story.  Audrey Hepburn’s faceContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kappa Waugh”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Emalisa Rose

The pipedream of permanence These rocks wear our names in a pipedream of permanence. Yet somewhere we’ve buried our cabernet moon, our clinking of glasses, rhyme over reason. The sun steals our shadow. I sent you two poems, penned in the frenzy of midnight and madness; our signatures linked in the marquise’s italics. Turnaround/turnaround. TheContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Emalisa Rose”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: James Maj

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VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Steven Dee Kish

Bad Friends I flip open my zippo lighter…flick …flick… The orange flame lights my Kent cigarette; the smell of tobacco fills the air. I grab a church key and open a bottle of beer. I’m drowning my sorrows with booze; it soothes my parched throat. Half buzzed; I take a stroll to MY community center.Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Steven Dee Kish”