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: Rick Christiansen

Tinder Anachronism I imagine Herman Hesse and Anaïs Nin Both swiping right They would meet in a small Paris coffee bar Anaïs would flick the whip cream from her cup Using just the tip of her tongue as punctuation Herman would watch her carefully And finger the Nobel he wears as a cravat Clearing hisContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rick Christiansen”

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: Ray Ziemer

Betrayal Another clattering army Crawls the desert Under towering plumes of dust; Another round of artillery fire Shakes the earth, Pounding mud houses Back into the salted earth they sprouted from Smudging a sickly shimmering sky From one uncertain horizon to the other. These ragged families fleeing down the road, Same as all those otherContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ray Ziemer”

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”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Johann Van Der Walt

Guilt comes in our silences I tell myself that I am a far flung ideal,  my thoughts love to attract anything worth regret, no company more loved by misery  than the graveyard in which my mind sleeps. I look in the mirror and brush my teeth, routines somehow scratching too far under my skin. IsContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Johann Van Der Walt”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Howie Good

Unfortunately It is my least favorite word in the English language. A sentence that begins with it hasn’t a chance of ending on a happy note, with balloon bouquets and showers of confetti. Instead, the word serves as a kind of alarm bell, its only purpose to alert you that you’re about to be shotContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Howie Good”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bruce Hodder

On Morphine (after my lung collapsed) I saw all four Beatles in a green stuffed pepper one lunchtime, and Jesus  in my ward shower curtain. The words on the page of the book I was reading leaped and pirouetted like ants in a ballet. It was trippy, almost worth nearly dying for, but considering IContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bruce Hodder”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin

On the Road They drove the car as if they hadn’t boosted it from the driveway of some  mansion they’d knocked over, drove as if the trunk wasn’t full of top shelf stuff they could pawn for pennies on someone else’s dollars, as if there weren’t designer bags stuffed with watches, earrings, necklaces, jewelry, noContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”

April Cruelty equals May Mayhem

After 13 days of Hell, Dumpster Fire Press is proud to release the second volume of VOICES FROM THE FIRE… 3 different versions to be exact featuring cover art by that loveable aesthetic rascal Dillinger… Another milestone in which DFP celebrated National Poetry Month not only releasing five titles but featuring a 4 different poetsContinue reading “April Cruelty equals May Mayhem”