VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

What do I Miss? Your first kiss?My last hit?Which of youDo I most miss?As time goes onNo easier to say,life has taken the choice away.But I know that she lies in wait for meMy arms wait patiently,Love with harm and Sharp kissSteals the memory of the one I miss. Repugnant You, repulsive, repugnant, revolting junkie,HereContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Merritt Waldon

what sup bitch-lips

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Paul Warren

Drainage for angels

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ryan Quinn Flanagan

First in Class He showed up early that morning. Sat in his usual chair at the back of the class. Beside the periodic table on the wall with all those initials and never any explanation. He opened a book from the library and pretended to be reading. People reading always seemed like they were pretendingContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ryan Quinn Flanagan”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lacy

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker

Bucolic Favorite names of men, for me, Are “Jeremy” and “Timothy.” I’ve a CD of birds in the wild On which clearly as clear can be One dude reiterates its name: “Jeremy Thatcher, Jeremy Thatcher,” Pauses briefly, then Double-states again. In my mind I see a former Female Prime Minister of Great Britain. Timothy?  Timothy’sContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jonathan Bracker”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson

Poets Out of Service (V6) Like a full-service gas station or postal service workers displaced, racing to Staples retail for employment against the rules of labor, poets are out of business nowadays, you know. Who carries a loose change in their pockets? Who tosses loose coins in their car ashtray anymore? iPhones, smartphones, life is aContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dillinger

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: Duane Vorhees

SCENIC Yesterday I was an open field, cosmos-filled. Distant horizons misted in all directions. The face of the early-summer sun wore its smiling-every-day forecast. (You said the sight of my noontime sundial made you giggle and blush.) And the wind combed through my hair and through the chickadees’ pinions. I had many solstices ahead. TodayContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Duane Vorhees”