VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Daniel J. Flore III

My Day I’m sittingand watchingthe carsgo by they carryaway myday ontheir hoods my daylooks sogood asit passesme by that Imight evenlive it

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kushal Poddar

The Roadkill You already have arisen to the steady sobbing. “Do you think her son is still locked inside?” I step out. Night has left its sanguine plumes on our staircase; its predator moans in the darkness; spring mates in the pollen ridden milieu with humid heat. No snivelling I hear.  Your hands have theContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kushal Poddar”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Marc Olmsted

Busted Busted the zipper on my jeans, fatso  blue hair fading growing out grey-black  beard already snowy –  66 maybe 20 years left.  “We’re building a community  of health and wellness”  – the billboard promises –  while here comes Homeless Dirty Hands  with his label’d  Zombie Survival Kit bag Was the girl in the  faux snowContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Marc Olmsted”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dillinger

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo

WET MY GULLET come hither you delicious tykeallow me to bathe in your beautywash over tongue and jawwith fragility so sweet white heated cankers throband dissolve with each swallowone bubble haughtier than the lastcrowded laughter chimes truth the roots of your beginningchristened and blessed inholy waters as throngs of revelersbelch into the face of theContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Allison Grayhurst

What were you as a man Aristotle?            Bend the mind in fifteen different places to pull out a particular, that at the moment of capture, shifts form and demands further adaptation.            Summersault through definitions, substances, entities – modeling God on unity, and evil on chaos.            What genius generates such a mind, dilemmasContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Allison Grayhurst”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Edward Wells

*Note to accompany: This text, the remarkable wild:/ an unknown continent/  a term used to mean/ geographers were positive/ imagination to run riot/ writers depicted/ gems and jewels is a creative reading, which is to say sourced from, The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook by Rhoda Blumberg and The Wild Orphan by Robert Froman,  itContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Edward Wells”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: R. KEITH

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: John Tustin

MOPPING IN LITTLE CIRCLES I get bored easily and I don’t mind menial labor But to do the same task every day or to do one thing for an hour? In and out or up and down, the same few muscles working And the rest lax – I just can’t do it. Don’t ask meContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: John Tustin”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Linnet Phoenix

Tinder It’s not often an autumn sunwith cool morning air rendersmy day glorious for a frisky gallop.As we set out, she asks,“how are you doing?”I sigh inside, trying to remember.“Have I told you I’m getting divorced?”She has heard the gossip spilt from bored lips She offers commiserations. Turns to me.“Now you are free to beContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Linnet Phoenix”