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: Alan Catlin

The Rules of Attraction Leaning forward on his barstool he telegraphs his best move. One so obvious she wasn’t sure if she should duck or counter punch. Could see that he was an assortment of all the bad DNA left over after the good stuff had been handed out, the mediocre stuff claimed and onlyContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”

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: 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: 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: Dan Holt

Mini Bike You had this mini bike with an engine the size of a lawnmower It sounded like a chain saw buzzing up and down the street The one time I rode it the fucking thing shot out from under me when I hit the accelerator and smashed into a tree Your dad drained allContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Holt”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Lori A. Minor

wellness class my water bottle hides the vodka Mind Eraser she hides my drink until I’m sober golf major he skips a round just to fuck me hot girl summer covered in sweat from Gaga’s new hit

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Christian Garduno

Chili in Heaven God was busy doing a myriad of things,as God normally is,but on this particular day,God was making his trademark “white boy chili”and was especially distracted-& you know what?He sneezed from the powder, for one split second,and he actually created the same snowflake twiceHe looked at it-looked at it again and saidI knowContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Christian Garduno”