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: 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: 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: George Schaefer

WHEN THE WRONG GIRL GETS PISSED OFF BY A POEM I was talking to this young lady I know and she was really pissed off about a poem I wrote about getting laid in the back seat of an old ’73 Buick LeSabre I didn’t see why this one poem in particular was so upsettingContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: George Schaefer”

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