VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Milenko Županović

Screams In the valley  of darkness  screams  of demons  trapped in a cave  the way of hell covered  with ashes. Shadow The hidden  tears  of angels  in the hearts  of the faithful  on the hill  of Golgotha  covered  with the shadow  of the cross.


BEWITCH hearts dip  into death      just  for a taste, a reprieve from breath, yet now  they are lost. skulls flicker         with obsession flirt hard with silence, to end its ache. all our burning             questions never had  the answer; were only  distractions from the fact, that timeContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Alicia Mathias”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rick Christiansen

Tinder Anachronism I imagine Herman Hesse and Anaïs Nin Both swiping right They would meet in a small Paris coffee bar Anaïs would flick the whip cream from her cup Using just the tip of her tongue as punctuation Herman would watch her carefully And finger the Nobel he wears as a cravat Clearing hisContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rick Christiansen”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bhoj Kumar Dhamala

Conviction  High morale, boosted status, and superb  Style of living makes one feel your better – Off guise and you are in seventh heaven  Just a delusion, you are out of it unless  You realize who you are the surrounding  Goes on after you for what you cannot  Afford to offer the poor creature livingContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Bhoj Kumar Dhamala”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Christian Garduno

Saint Jerome’s Blues It’s travelling to my heartand the diagnosis, it doesn’t look goodIt’s melting into my veinsand the prognosis, it doesn’t look good I crawled my way to Saint Jeromehe gave me a carafe of red and sent me stumbling homeAnd the next time I see Saint JeromeI’m going to crack his heart ofContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Christian Garduno”

Not Shutting down yet…

Though it is tempting… The third volume of VOICES FROM THE FIRE is out, featuring more prose than usual now that the cruelty of April for National Poetry Month has subsided that was volume 2. Featuring spectacular cover art by that loveable renegade rascal Dillinger and illustrations by James Maj, R. Keith. Shane Allison andContinue reading “Not Shutting down yet…”


Lucky The Mouse.  He turned up the volume  on his Steel Pulse record  and rolled another joint. ‘What’s that?’ I asked  and pointed to a cage  on the ash-trodden carpet, ‘That’s Lucky the mouse,’  he replied and grinned   ‘Why’d you call him  Lucky?’ I questioned,  ‘Well before him  we had this snake named Cuddles and Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Gwil James Thomas”


Brilliant lips apogee Twixt towering spines brittle gestures Untamable languages breed How we puke mere embers of stars Never full flame Choirs vast breeze the air we breathe Invisible flame of youth Of virility  How sound the truths of our burgeoning Softness How we can never re animate the Organisms burnt out shells Fallen toContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Merrit Waldon”


no one was ever meant to sometimes the loneliness will distort even the best  memories beat you down until you  understand that no one  was ever meant to love  you there goes another bottle of scotch soon, you’ll be looking at a bottle of pills and thinking of one of your musical heroes these areContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: J.J Campbell”


Unfortunately It is my least favorite word in the English language. A sentence that begins with it hasn’t a chance of ending on a happy note, with balloon bouquets and showers of confetti. Instead, the word serves as a kind of alarm bell, its only purpose to alert you that you’re about to be shotContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Howie Good”