VOICES FROM THE FIRE: James Maj

“Clown”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin

The Rules of Attraction Leaning forward on his barstool he telegraphs his best move. One so obvious she wasn’t sure if she should duck or counter punch. Could see that he was an assortment of all the bad DNA left over after the good stuff had been handed out, the mediocre stuff claimed and onlyContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alan Catlin”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Hussein Habasch

Translated by Azad Akkash Every day! Every day I pass by the madhouse. From the third-floor’s window, A woman shows up. She cries: Help, I need help! I say to her: I need that also! She raises a wry laugh And asks me: Are you mad like me? In all seriousness, I answer: Yes, sure.Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Hussein Habasch”

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: Shane Allison

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker

Not An Option? “Complaining is not an option,” proclaims the Ph.D. Whose self-help books sell internationally  Though not as well as before: now he has been convicted Of sexual impropriety and has been made to pay a quite steep fine. Before that, adorers tended to overlook his peccadilloes.  They loved How he paced back andContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tim Heerdink

Wolf in Temptation This morn, I walked dressedin cloth I’m not accustomedwhen population marks zerowithin my radius of reach. Hunger transports meout from my dark denso these urges canbe extinguishedbefore flamestake me. I see your beauty& I wish you couldfeel how hard it isto be me underneaththese clothes. Strip meof this false nature,ride meuntil IContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Tim Heerdink”