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... Amy Barry, Virginie Colline, Jesse Doughty, Michael Estabrook, Donal Mahoney, Milt Montague & Gary Beck
need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "Nothing If Not Critical" by Oliver Zarandi. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... "The problem is that there are three problems. / First problem is that Clyde can’t cry. Hasn’t cried in, what, a year? / Second problem, he has stopped moving. Literally. / Well, not quite literally. He goes to the shop to satiate thirst and hunger with cheap food—chocolate-covered matchsticks, milkshakes and matzos. But still, his movements are decreasing. / He stopped going to work, you know? / I said, Clyde, go to work and he said, what for and I said to put bread on the table. He said look, there’re, like, two loaves on the table, eat some, finish it and I’ll go cornershop and get another two loaves, maybe three, or maybe four? Would four please you? / He has mold in his armpits. What’s worse is that the house is falling apart and I can’t do it all myself, you know? / He gets worse every day..." Get the rest of your read on here.
mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of October (aka 10.01.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to enjoy the feature set... Kerseymere! And stick around to get yourself one of the limited spots on our list... first come, first on the list. Which means... get there early! click here fo' mo' info'!
new madness in the gallery
This month we are extra excited to show you some old photographs we found while sifting in our grandparent's attic. Fool ya'? Sike! These seemingly throwback images are the photog gems of our featured artist, Rosie Lindsey! Trust us when we say that we can go on and on about Rosie's work. But sometimes, when it comes straight from the source, it proves to be much better than we could ever do... "I wish I had a time machine so I could visit Times Square in the 70's or travel before the interstate HWY system was put into place. All I can do is document the echoes of those times and places". Please Rosie, we here at Mad Swirl don't think we're alone when we ask you: don't stop documenting these classic echoes! Ms. Lindsey has a knack for capturing a certain lost energy of a time past that most of us wish we could travel back to. But thanks to Rosie, we can look at these stunning, chilling photographs and pretty much feel like we are there. Wanna take a trip with us down memory lane? Then check out these classic shots and lose yourself in the madness of what was, with the swirls of what still remains.
mad mic memories...
Mad Swirl was the place to be in this poetic community this past 1st Wednesday! This month we featured R.A. Hernandez! We knew this show would be one to behold. And we were spot on! And then the usual mad ones came with their a-game... as always! If you were there, you know what we mean. If not, well, you snooze you lose! 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