The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.11.18

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.11.18
"Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them." Louise Bogan ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “A Close Shave” (above) by featured artist Stephen VanderHaar Mad Swirl​ is mighty proud to introduce our newest visual artist, Stephen VanderHaar! Stephen brings us a collection of cartoons reeking of[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : v2017

The Best of Mad Swirl : v2017
Get you your very own copy of "The Best of Mad Swirl : v2017" right HERE! The Best of Mad Swirl : v2017 is an anthology featuring 52 poets, 12 short fiction writers, and four artists whose works were presented on throughout 2017. We editors reviewed the entire year’s output to ensure this collection is truly[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.04.18

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.04.18
"What we play is life." Louis Armstrong ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “The Irresistible Momentum of Attraction” (above) by featured artist Bill Wolak It has been our pleasure to share the imaginatively twisted & constructed canvases from Resident Artist, Bill Wolak. This will finish his current streak as our featured artist. But don't you worry, we're lining up yet another bad[read more]


in heart
of sinner
in judgement

Recently Published

Skin Hunger

If skin hunger
were a health emergency
recognized by the World Health Organization,
Gillian’s gentle face would be
plastered on depressing posters
prepared to promote awareness.
She hasn’t done[read more]


Laughter in sad. No joy in moil.
Nix snicker at sob. Nor smile
at a broken heart.
At no time, a peal of tears.
Mirthful melancholy. Mourn merrily.
Unhappy cackle.
Josh[read more]


One by one the cliff erodes,
ice bores deeper,
words stop making sense:
abyss, crucify, alliteration—

passion comes in through fog.
Who claims we must remember?
Skin always knows[read more]

Antimatter Chitter-Chatter

Antimatter Chitter-Chatter

Why are we matter and not antimatter, or are we the latter and think that we’re not? Brought into contact the one with the other, the two would annihilate right on the spot. Opposites attract— some do— but in this case, it isn’t true; for in that mirror image clash the counterparts destroy their doppelgangers in a flash and thus give rise to high-energy photons, that is to say, to gamma rays, or other particles like antiprotons in what could be another phase… While an antiproton and a positron can form an[read more]
Healing Magic

Healing Magic

Wash away an obliterated heart. Leave it alone to beat its last thump. Yet, the heart wishes to be seen, understood, accepted, loved. But loved, it never was. Ever a dream and ever a thought, and still this heart strives for it. This youthful heart stuck inside me... Wash it away. Drown it. Disintegrate all the memories. Wash away the cries. Mute everything. "Save me", the heart echoes. Unheard. The heart is too deep under the sea of loss, loneliness, and pains building higher and higher. I am an old memory.[read more]
Kleptomania- of music, people and conversations

Kleptomania- of music, people and conversations

I come back to a dark house. It’s so dark every time I open the door that I rush to switch on a light. Any light, big, small, doesn’t matter. And in seconds- as I see the outline of furniture and other things kept- the house transforms into a home. (Look at me, investing life into the lifeless. Look at us.) I, who loves the dark, needs a flash of light for a few seconds to make peace with the empty by knowing that it is not so empty[read more]