The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.19.17

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.19.17
"There is a pleasure in being mad which none but madmen know." ~ John Dryden ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Walken” (above) by featured artist Shelly Denning. To see more of Shelly’s mad canvases, as well as our other featured artists, visit our Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl's Poetry Forum... we[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.12.17

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.12.17
"Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within." ~ Edith Hamilton ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Bowie” (above) by featured artist Shelly Denning. To see more of Shelly’s mad canvases, as well as our other featured artists, visit our Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.05.17

The Best of Mad Swirl : 08.05.17
"Art is what you can get away with." ~ Andy Warhol ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Dude” (above) by featured artist Shelly Denning. Our newest featured visual artist, Shelly Denning, isn’t new to the Swirl at all. It’s just been awhile since she’s been around. But back she is & we’re very happy that she is! Shelly brings[read more]

FOR THE SCHOLAR WINTER’S RESTING PLACE

Drift through Romantic and Classical
computer music
from the nearby desk top
…lying in bed
with sweat pants and tea shirt
and warmed by a heater

…go make a liaison
with that similar dream and mistress
to all sleep
with its narcotic yearnings

…go and lift up
the spirit
to those realms of Heaven
or the underworld

cozied by cracks
in that feral cave

and watch History unravel
in the back of your psychotic mind

…abstract images! with hints of gods and beasts
layer these peopled immersions
in fear
and love
and passion

layer the crowd
which has left its mark on the psyche
since childhood

…places
all sexy
and humid and decadent

…and innocent places
which warm the frightened soul
with a sense
of benign
…indifference!

– Sam Silva

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