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: 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: Stephen Whitter

Quick ShopI enter a shop, I haven’t visited beforeSlightly hesitant, as not being a new store,they may have seen my face before.And yet,This is the first time I’ve come through the door.I wonder, do they give that thought?It’s a small town after all. Nothing in particular I’m shopping for.Well this is billed as a  friendly,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Catfish McDaris

Dear Poet,  Sorry, but my Russian Wolfhound, Dostoyevsky ate and defecated all the submissions for Issue #3 the smell and smear damn near killed me. Was your poem about catching your brother cornholing his buddy while watching Andy Griffith? Or was it the one about Sandpaper Sally, the chick with scabs in her vagina? OrContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Catfish McDaris”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Aldo Quagliotti

The comet is me The night is flooding hitting us with ink tentacles forgotten stars, so many miles afterwards falling in love with our glares why cannot summer just last forever and winter hibernate, so that spring spreads its afternoons on our romantic cheeks whilst the crickets sing along our inner chants of freedom echoContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Aldo Quagliotti”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Milenko Županović

Screams In the valley  of darkness  screams  of demons  trapped in a cave  the way of hell covered  with ashes. Shadow The hidden  tears  of angels  in the hearts  of the faithful  on the hill  of Golgotha  covered  with the shadow  of the cross.

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alicia Mathias

BEWITCH hearts dip  into death      just  for a taste, a reprieve from breath, yet now  they are lost. skulls flicker         with obsession flirt hard with silence, to end its ache. all our burning             questions never had  the answer; were only  distractions from the fact, that timeContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alicia Mathias”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bhoj Kumar Dhamala

Conviction  High morale, boosted status, and superb  Style of living makes one feel your better – Off guise and you are in seventh heaven  Just a delusion, you are out of it unless  You realize who you are the surrounding  Goes on after you for what you cannot  Afford to offer the poor creature livingContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bhoj Kumar Dhamala”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Christian Garduno

Saint Jerome’s Blues It’s travelling to my heartand the diagnosis, it doesn’t look goodIt’s melting into my veinsand the prognosis, it doesn’t look good I crawled my way to Saint Jeromehe gave me a carafe of red and sent me stumbling homeAnd the next time I see Saint JeromeI’m going to crack his heart ofContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Christian Garduno”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gwil James Thomas

Lucky The Mouse.  He turned up the volume  on his Steel Pulse record  and rolled another joint. ‘What’s that?’ I asked  and pointed to a cage  on the ash-trodden carpet, ‘That’s Lucky the mouse,’  he replied and grinned   ‘Why’d you call him  Lucky?’ I questioned,  ‘Well before him  we had this snake named Cuddles and Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gwil James Thomas”