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::: what's happenin' :::
mad swirl open mic. 1st wednesdays. absinthe lounge. dallas. texas
RA Hernandez : 09.03.14

::: what's new :::
08.21.14

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... JD DeHart, Jay Passer, Joseph D. DiLella, Steffen Horstmann, Lisa Shields, Logen Cure & Peggy Flora

need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "Two Assholes" by Paul Smith. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... "There are lots of ways to get fired. Take today, for example—a call from dispatch that I should attend a nine o-clock meeting. And it’s Friday. I’m not talking about reasons for getting canned—just the methodology, the setup, the protocol. But I’m observant, notice I didn’t say smart, just observant. I watched a year ago in dispatch when Bob S. got called to his nine o’clock meeting. So my antennae were in the up position. / I looked down Randall Road where my favorite laborer worked with the blade and end-loader getting the sub-grade ready for gravel. I would miss him. I told Al goodbye and headed for the office. / Getting called in from the field is one way, but there are others."... 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 Justin Booth! 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.

new madness in the gallery
This month's featured artist, previous poetry contributor GM Spear, decided to hit up Mad Swirl again from her small town in New York - and boy are we glad she did! Needless to say, this chicks got some mad talent; featuring her was a bit of a no-brainer. Take a look for yourself and try to tell us these realistic pieces with varying degrees of trippy, surreal touches aren't right up our alley. In a few that you'll see, Spear plays with white space in a very compelling way, featuring young girls with entire stories of their own, it seems. She captures their energetic, free & truly adorable excitement perfectly - and with a twist; some of em you can't even SEE. If that sounds weird to you, it's cus it is! Would we really ever bring you anything that wasn't? Click here to see the magic GM Spear brought to the visual stage this month, we promise if you take a look, you'll be hooked!

mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of September (aka 09.03.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to enjoy the feature set... featuring RA Hernandez! 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!

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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there is a time to kick the whole bloated sensation of ART out on its whore-ass.”

Charles Bukowski
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