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::: what's happenin' :::
mad swirl open mic. 1st wednesdays. absinthe lounge. dallas. texas
Victory with Jake Kinnard : 05.07.14

::: what's new :::
04.24.14

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... Paul Hellweg, Dawnell Harrison, Kelsey Gray, Alex L. Swartzentruber, Poppy Scarlett, Gayle Reaves-King & Ian Mullins

need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "Anything Goes" by Oleg Razumovsky. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... One day I sat with Natasha near her house, eating cakes. Her parents hated me. They thought that I was a useless scum. Even her Father, a pathetic drunk, despised me. But Natasha sorta loved me and sometimes brought some food from home. Even booze, on occasion. She was a kind girl. / Just the day before we had got shitfaced drunk. After we had finished two bottles of vodka at my place, we decided to go somewhere. I don’t remember exactly where and it is not very important. Maybe to Van Gogh, who had invited us to visit him last weekend. When we went out it was already getting dark. When drunk, Natasha rushes straight forward like a tank, and does not see anything in front of her. And there on the corner, near a bus stop, a Mercedes, was making a U-turn, and the girl crashed right into it. Natasha fell down. I began to lift her, but she collapsed on me... Eventually we sobered up a bit and began to laugh like two idiots, sitting on the ground.... Get the rest of your read on here.

mad mic memories...
Mad Swirl was the place to be in this poetic community this past 1st Wednesday! This month we featured ArtLoveMagic! We knew this bunch was gonna be quite the feature 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 swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of March (aka 05.07.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to enjoy the feature set... featuring Victory. 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'!

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!

new madness in the gallery
This month we welcome back to the mad swirl virtual stage one of our annual favorites, David Arthur-Simons! And we know you'll be as excited as we are for what he has delivered us this year in his series 365 Days Out of my Mind! In case you haven't heard, David works on one of 365 paintings and completes as much as possible in one day. He then returns to the same painting the following year on the same day adding and subtracting elements ’til the painting is "finished". As if these surreal and almost psychedelic works don't already take us through a spiritual and psychological journey as is, knowing the mad story behind the process on which these works were created makes them all the more wondrous. Get ready to get lost (and found) in the mad-imagination of this most profound and prolific minded swirler! On our mark... get set... GO!

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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