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mad swirl open mic. 1st wednesdays. absinthe lounge. dallas. texas
No Foolin'! : 04.01.15

::: what's new :::
03.28.15

we got lots'o'mad poetry!
Our swirlingly mad poetry forum features the latest poems from some of the most maddest mad poets swirlin' 'round this big, blue, beat-utiful marble of ours. We are currently featuring... Sharon Frye, Milton P. Ehrlich, Ilhem Issaoui, Steffen Horstmann, Roger G. Singer, Dawnell Harrison & Scott Thomas Outlar

mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of March (aka 04.01.15), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. And stick around to get yourself one of the spots on our list... first come, first on the list. Which means... get there early! click here fo' mo' info'!

need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "The Jazz Mine" by John Oliver Hodges. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... "Yola stepped up front to check the hedges. I slipped the rag from the slit between the seats. It’s the rag she wipes—or should I say swipes?—her mammalian gourds up with eagerly each day’s end, her mammalian gourds meatly, not enormous exactly, but filled to bursting with stuff, call it guts, might as well, or grits, what the hell, or fat. Having from the slit grabbed Yola’s bat—I mean bandana, excuse me—I found some ivy heads poking up from the dreaded Asiack, the Asiatic. It’s the awfulest tangled mess you’ll dip your hands in ever. It’s jasmine. Jazz mine, jasmine, it’s the same shit, take your pick. / So I wrapped it, Yola’s rag, around a beefy poison outcropping of it, a head. I went ivy head to ivy head doing this, then put Yola’s rag back in the slit between the seats. / I deserved one time of being shitty in my life."... Get the rest of your read on here.

new madness in the gallery!
Our newest featured artist, David J. Thompson, hails from Detroit, Michigan. But the snapshots he brings us appear to hail from some other place altogether. His subjects seem strangely familiar. Almost like we might have seen these scenes on the side of that 7/11 down the street. You know, the wall where all the loco local artists use to express their creative madness? Hey, wait… that’s it! David is combining his fine eye for street art and his gift for photography and catching our eye on what caught his eye. Well, we sure dig what he sees and we think you will too. Why not have a look-see for yourself right here!

mad mic memories...
Mad Swirl was the place to be in this poetic community this past 1st Wednesday! Huge thanks to all who came to swirl-a-brate and for the mad memories. See who was who here.

mad go-fund-me money-raisin'
This year, the Mad Swirl staff got together to list some projects we want to do to extend the Mad radius of the Swirl. We feel its current pulling and compelling us to do more. Here are just a few of the projects we’d like to accomplish. click here to see what we're planning on swirliing up and to help our mad, mad, mad causes!

mad swirlin' reviews
Who wants our opinion? Well, whether you like it or not, we're gonna give it to you! MH Clay gives you his poetic editorial 2-cents on Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal's "Songs for Oblivion". Get the full scoop right here!

mad swirl blog
What? Mad Swirl has a blog? Yep, we've zoomed into the 21st century kicking and screaming. Check us out on blog spot right here.

mad swirl 6: the blue note issue
28 full-color pages & 23 audio tracks of swirling madness that captures the most maddest of the mad ones & the insanity that is the dallas poetry & music scene! for $5 you can be one of the first to get your hands on this limited edition, numbered copy of Mad Swirl! click here for the details.
and lest we forget the past, take a look at the back issues of Mad Swirl I - V

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