VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

         Victoria Coach Station-Isle of Wight. An inexplicable indoor wind whips litter around my feet and bags.A newly docked Coach, it’s hot tyre smell reminds me of the roads back home in Summertime.Though we are deep in November, nearly December.Coaches smell of Summer, years of my childhood on a tourist island where Coaches abound, andContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover

The Monster Shake  I have never pondered the strength of a handshake…how hard to squeeze, how long to hold, how much to shake and when to release?  Like my anger!  The tale of the father who was battered and now himself is abusive…why?  Fighting it, resisting it and even hating it, but it’s much moreContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover”

VOICES AND VISIONS

VOICES FROM THE FIRE VOL. 11 is availabe right now! Collected the poems, stories and illustrations from offical VOICES FROM THE FIRE blog via the Dumpster Fire Press website…covering September through November 5th (fittingly enough) We’ve doing this two years now and will be running Volume 12 daily until we reach hiatus stage where weContinue reading “VOICES AND VISIONS”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Peter Crowley

Home, at Last      The backyard is crumbling.       Masked men with machetes butchered the hedges. The pool is a hydrothermal vent where the bacterium LUCA enjoys the floats. Where there isn’t dirt, the grass is coarse and tan.        Rabbits have pledged allegiance to a new kind. Squirrels scurry up the trees, hiding forever behind soft, white,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Peter Crowley”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jack Henry & Dillinger

A Drug Story Fat Freddy tells me he is out of the game. Fentanyl, he says, fucked everything up. But you can still get high, still get by, just test your shit before the party begins. Small time motherfuckers don’t care and those motherfuckers are the ones that die. Hustling down to a different partContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jack Henry & Dillinger”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gayle Bell

Buddy And The King Of I-35 If you see us camped on a busy street a sign that says nee foo Spare some change A dollar for a smile a can of dogfood for the king of I35 May the Lord serve you well He says to all who pass I was a mutt escapingContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gayle Bell”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover

An Old Man Appears The weather was nice.  I’ve been wanting to go to the bush for a while to see the magical world that lives within and beyond the trees.  As I walked I saw chipmunks sunbathing on stumps and brown and white butterflies’ in their mourning cloaks grazed my sight.  I listened toContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

The Story…. Ever since i became old enough to be ‘aware’ of my own mental health I knew I had problems.As I turned fifteen I began to realise I could control these problems with street drugs, the fact that they not only made me feel good but better than good ,a bonus.Heroin, the ultimate painContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: S.R. Malone

The Purgatory Gate I Skies crackled overhead. Was it lightning or something of fouler origins? Unsure, he nudged the iron visor from his eyes. Never before had he witnessed such deviancy from the greys and blues of the skies above, save for the melting pinks that bled into winter mornings above the village. Now theContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: S.R. Malone”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kristen DiLandro

Little failures everywhere Black bulbs the size of pin heads germinate below the translucent layer of skin. Like clockwork, they grow thick, sharp sprouts reaching toward the sun. This coarse overgrowth reminds me how long it’s been since I’ve wielded a razor. No skirt today. Covering the legs is easy. But out in the open,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kristen DiLandro”