THE POSTMORTEM Your doom and your disappearanceare but two of death’s deceptions. You won’t ride with the Valkyries or be served by any houris. Don’t expect balance and feather, an accounting in a ledger, an inquisition by angels, the companionship of sages. You’ll have no Hell/karma/Heaven —judgment’s privileged to the living. Your remains are genesContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Duane Vorhees”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson

The Redemption  My eyes green are 2 glass windows into the past. I keep the blinds pulled down tight. Carnal knowledge is a Biblical definition of sin. I live in darkness, the shame of those early years. I pull myself out redemption in old age, a savior, before the grave, I flatter myself in a mirror,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Michael Lee Johnson”


wellness class my water bottle hides the vodka Mind Eraser she hides my drink until I’m sober golf major he skips a round just to fuck me hot girl summer covered in sweat from Gaga’s new hit


YOU OWN ME Aching to taste the heel of your foot,your crumpled brow,the lineage of your stamina,I wrangle my mightand set forthunrepentant, unmade, unwashedand crowd my mind withthe blowing scent ofbrowning thighsthat shine and tumbleon slippery ground,whipping down hard on myelectric loins,our tongues tied like rat tails,tangled and swollen,deserted by starry skies,digested by lust,exposed withContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Rob Azevedo”


Dear Poet,  Sorry, but my Russian Wolfhound, Dostoyevsky ate and defecated all the submissions for Issue #3 the smell and smear damn near killed me. Was your poem about catching your brother cornholing his buddy while watching Andy Griffith? Or was it the one about Sandpaper Sally, the chick with scabs in her vagina? OrContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Catfish McDaris”


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…”