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mad swirl open mic. 1st wednesdays. absinthe lounge. dallas. texas
Paul Koniecki : 12.03.14

::: what's new :::

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... S. A. Gerber, Derrick Gaskin, Niall OConnor, Jyoti Modi, Robert E. Petras, Harley White & Tom Hall

need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "More Decaf, Please!" by Ruth Z. Deming. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... "…Willie lives with two other men in a group home in East Oak Lane, Philadelphia. It's literally a beautiful three-bedroom house with lovely paintings on the wall and comfy furniture. / We stomped the snow off our feet when we got inside and Shelly introduced me to Ron, the house manager. / We made ourselves at home. In the kitchen, I plugged in the Mr. Coffee Maker and consulting Ron and Shelly, made 10 cups of coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts Decaf. Shelly cut the cheesecake from Trader Joe's and some holiday apricot kuchen. / We all sat down to eat. The TV was on with a noisy football game. In group homes the TV is always on. I’ve visited half a dozen and they’re all the same. The house managers are very important people and have power over people's lives just like parents...” 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 Swirl-a-brated 10 years of Open Mic madness! We knew when we put out the APB for this birthday festivity that we'd get some response. But the roof of our expectations was blown off! What a night it was! Huge thanks to all who came to sing us a happy mic birthday and for the mad memories. See who was who here.

mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of November (aka 12.03.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to dig upon our feature, Paul Koniecki. And stick around to get yourself one of the 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
Our newest featured artist, Toby Oggenfuss, brought us some work all the way from space - er, I mean from Los Angeles, California. But that doesn’t mean his stuff doesn’t look like it came straight from some other universe. A universe where city landscapes are curly and swirly and… does this sound up our alley or what?! Toby is clearly not your typical photographer, having created an entirely unexplored technique that defies everything we once thought it meant to take photos. These fascinating and abstract pieces will not only spike your curiosity, but also set your mind wandering, questioning the realms in which you once upon a time saw your own city. Straight lines? Ha! What are those? Yeah, we don’t know either, anymore. If you wanna trip on these surreal scenes too, you know what to do!

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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