VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan

Their Mother Should Have Swallowed The moment Natalie started talking about the thoughts, Marshall should have left and never looked back. The night they met, he missed all the red flags and flashing warning signs. As they sat in a small bar and talked for the first time, Marshall was lost in the way herContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rick Christiansen

POSTCARDS We sit across from one another at the old linoleum table.  It rocks slightly each time one of us rests a hand or forearm onto it.  She places postcards on the table between us as I absently pick at the worn linoleum, creating small flakes which I then brush to the floor. She arraysContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rick Christiansen”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Harry McNabb

The Hope-Crusher When you go from being a boy to being a young man, you start to find girls very interesting. I was thinking this as I walked around the Brick Gardens student apartments on Halloween. I had selected Brick Gardens before the semester because I thought that sharing an apartment with 3 other studentsContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Harry McNabb”

In the Land of Eternal Thirst, some of that desert magic…

While DFP is still technically on hiatus, there are obligations to be fulfilled and due to some issues with Amazon (fuck Jeff Bezos) what was intended as a July release has been unleashed in August… Leah Mueller’s LAND OF ETERNAL THIRST AND OTHER STORIES It feels odd to refer to someone you correspond with byContinue reading “In the Land of Eternal Thirst, some of that desert magic…”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Anibal Perez Longhi

The Girl Who Watched the River He saw him every day from his window. He was sitting on a bench in the plaza, and perhaps to forget his loneliness, he was feeding the pigeons with the scraps of food that the charity volunteers usually distributed. Elio, it was the beggar’s observer name, opened the window,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Anibal Perez Longhi”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Samir Karimo

MEDUSA I still remember those seductive almond eyes that drove me crazy: her look made me what I am today, a completely hypnotized bodiless shadow turned into a statue …. this is Medusa’s curse…

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne F. Burke

The Organization Tuesday night at Leno’s Bar & Grill.      Henry Holt sat on the third stool from the right, where he sat every night of the year, except Christmas Eve, which he spent with his mother, with whom he lived.      Henry swiveled on his stool, stepped down, and walked outside the bar. HeContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Wayne F. Burke”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dillinger

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kaci Skiles Laws

Ghosts My mother was crazy. She was crazy in love with my dad long after he started ‘working late hours.’ She loved him even after his broccoli casserole was too cold, and he hit her for the first time, two years into their marriage.  There were times the biscuits were overdone; the ice cubes had notContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kaci Skiles Laws”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Paul Ilechko

Kingbird I was watching the birds the day that Jose Mendez cracked up. I do that a lot. You can learn a lot from birds, trust me on this. I bet that old Chinese guy, Sun Tzu, got some of his ideas from watching them. They know strategy. I was watching kingbirds – a wholeContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Paul Ilechko”