The Best of Mad Swirl : 03.17.18

The Best of Mad Swirl : 03.17.18
"If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness." Seamus Heaney ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Resilience” (above) by featured artist Jon Marquette. To see more of Jon’s mad canvases, as well as our other featured artists, visit our Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week on Mad Swirl's Poetry Forum... we made[read more]

Best of Mad Swirl : 03.10.18

Best of Mad Swirl : 03.10.18
"An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind." Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Ujpetre Church” (above) by featured artist Jon Marquette. To see more of Jon’s mad canvases, as well as our other featured artists, visit our Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week on Mad[read more]

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 03.07.18

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 03.07.18
This past 1st Wednesday of March (aka 03.07.18) Mad Swirl​ stirred it up again! As always, we opened the mic up to all you mad poets, performers and musicians and as always, we swirled us up a mighty fine night! Here’s a shout out to all who graced us with your words, your songs, your divine[read more]


The piano
The night
And the doubts

If I can make it
Through another week
If I can repair what I have broken

Without a drink
With the money that I don’t have
With all the people who have now gone

This September, it will be forty five
This October, it will be seven
And this November, it will be one month


Like photographs of Shinjuko
Like letters from Sabadell

They are just something
To put down
Something for these thoughts
To tie their petty selves to

Like Guanyin, like beads
Like numbers, like time

Next week

Tell me
Go on, tell me, please –

Does he comfort you
Each and every night?
Will they carry on working
When you cannot afford to pay?
Can you tell me if any of your teachings
Have ever truly conquered death?

I have lost track of all the conversations
And they have lost all track of me

Las Huertas con Carlos
Kunming with Da Ma
136 with The Hurricane

This mind has too many stories
To keep itself occupied
But no attention for the detail

Like the raspberries in the alcohol
Like the mountain brothel honeymoon

I can hear
The glass screen break
And feel it shove
Those Beijing shards
Straight back down my opiated throat

All carved out charm for prostitutes
All blackened blood from a poisoned tongue



Would you forgive?
Would you forget?
Would you ever believe a word of it?


From Khaosan clubs
To dirty Poipet massage parlours
The lies I like to feed myself
Give no reasons and have no answer for
The dust, the shelves, the walls and jars


I nod
I see
I hear

The moonlight shifting
The piano playing

Through these rooms
Through these autumn trees

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a hanging moon in the west.

moon starts off heavy and orange
just over the stark naked trees
wintering west of this stand

some idea of where the sun is
some feeling[read more]


fuck thinking positive
you just have to be insane:
say “cheese” to the gun barrels
of pain aimed at you
give yr demons a piggyback ride
gather all the parts[read more]




– K.W. Peery[read more]

The Spongebob Toy

The Spongebob Toy

I walked into a very strange looking room. There were bright lights everywhere and all I could make out of the room was that it was very huge. I asked myself why I wasn’t blinded by the bright lights. Then all of a sudden, I felt something on my face as soon as I thought of that. Sunglasses appeared on my face. I looked around to see if anyone else was in the room. In the corner, I saw a dark shadow. I made my way towards and it and[read more]
Proposition 29

Proposition 29

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all the slaves. And yet slavery is widespread in the United States in the 21st century. Only today the slaves are called robots. Robots are owned by human beings. They are not paid for their labor. In most places they have no rights. They do not get the nights or weekends off. They are worked throughout the day, seven days a week. When they get worn out by their constant labor, they do not go to Florida to spend their final[read more]
Basic Needs

Basic Needs

~1~ You know exactly what it feels like when you really need to pee. And you can’t get to a bathroom fast enough. I have found myself in that situation far too many times. But the time that was perhaps the worst was when I arrived at a crowded party, headed right to the bathroom, and found a line of five or six people ahead of me. A kind soul directed me to go through the kitchen where I would find another bathroom. I pushed my way through the throng, hoping that I’d[read more]