VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Danny D. Ford

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VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Heath Brougher

Your God Your God is a slave to human imagination and flights of ridiculous fancy. Your God is more dead than Nietzsche. Your religion is an insane social disease,  childish and created to help cowards  cope with vaguely cultivated conundrums concerning Truth.  Your God is an anvil tied to Humanity’s tyranny of evil traditions andContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Heath Brougher”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne Burke

Fat A fat girl standing in the doorway of WALGREENS “can you buy me something? I have not eaten all day.” She follows me inside. Tells me her name, “Jen.” “What’s yours?” I mumble “Wayne.” “Duane?” “Yeah, Duane.” In the candy aisle she reaches for a bag of peanut butter M & M’s on sale,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne Burke”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo

Sticks Scratching In The Sand The lessons are thereboxed in letters and windsymbols of flightand mightand wandering lustthis weightless destinythis excusable existenceeach undistinguishablefrom the nextwe pride ourselves in timeon lifeon the waves in which we crestas we float on white capsbellowing and bustlingand bursting at the seamstrying to define our energyour needy criesour searching prideandContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost

The Duluoz Legend –the stories are all good lonesome traveler. Suicide by alcohol. Integrity achieved by fighting it out with A sad & brutal landscape. Sure, Jacky boy… Living life on your limitless terms Came and went in a 47-year-old gust of tears. The “jewel center” you fought so hard to define… Ended up asContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dan Provost”

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: 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: 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