From the Fire

Donnelle McGee

for Seven

i come from them smoggy
nights in LA
i come from the meeting of john and prostitute

i come from
the ohio players
shouting fire

i come from being
told                  here                  take these food stamps to the market and get some
milk for you and your brother

i come from under the sound of
copters             spotlights
in my living room                       and bullets piercing temples                                


Donnelle McGee is a Jimi Hendrix freak and wishes he could dunk a basketball. He earned his MFA from Goddard College. He is a faculty member at Mission College in Santa Clara, Cailifornia. His work has appeared in Controlled Burn, Haight Ashbury Liteary Journal, Home Planet News, Iodine Poetry Journal, Permafrost, River Oak Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Dirty Napkin, Pale House, and Word Riotamong others. His work has also been nominated for a Pushcart PrizeDonnelle lives in Turlock, California and is the proud father of two beautiful kids. Visit his website at