The Best of Mad Swirl : 04.04.20

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“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.” Maya Angelou ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Plamás – Alan Murphy With this one, we close out Alan’s feature set in our Mad Gallery. But don’t fret, stay tuned for our next featured artist coming your way …

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 04.01.20

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If you tuned in to Mad Swirl Open Mic this past 1st Blursday (aka 04.01.20), you witnessed Mad Swirl first! We’ve hosted in all kinds of places in our 16+ years but never before in the electronic ethers! We beamed our cyber line-up straight out into the wide world of webs & straight to your screens. HUGE grats to these …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 03.28.20

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“Every artist seems to me to have the job of bearing witness to the world we live in.” Jane Rule ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Flight – Alan Murphy To see all of Alan’s calmly chaotic collages, as well as our other former featured artists (48 in all!), visit Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week …

The Best of Mad Swirl : v2019

by on March 28, 2020 :: 0 comments

COMING SOON! Our 108-page anthology features 52 poets, 12 short fiction writers, and four artists whose works were presented on MadSwirl.com throughout 2019. We editors reviewed the entire year’s output to ensure this collection is truly “the best of Mad Swirl.” The works represent diverse voices and vantages which speak to all aspects of this crazy swirl we call “life …

Mad Swirl Open Mic : 04.01.20

by on March 24, 2020 :: 0 comments

So here we are, living in some of the strangest days in recent memory. Stuck at home & really feeling the need to connect? Yeah, me too. But you know what? Ain’t no CV19 gonna stop this Mad show from Swirlin’! Sadly we are all stuck at home & can’t meet at our NEW home, Tradewinds Social Club, this 1st …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 03.21.20

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“Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Agnes Martin ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Global Executive – Alan Murphy To see all of Alan’s calmly chaotic collages, as well as our other former featured artists (48 in all!), visit Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we stood out …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 03.14.20

by on March 15, 2020 :: 0 comments

(Mad Swirl isn’t going to draft up some vague message… like every other organization out there blah-blah-blah’n about how we are handling this pandemic. Stuff’s pretty f@cked-up! But y’all already know that. Days like these that we are livin’ in is when poetry, prose & art can be a much needed distraction! So we Mad ones promise to keep calm(ish) …

Another Mad Review: Jumpers from the Belfry Tower

by on March 8, 2020 :: 0 comments

Jumpers from the Belfry Tower by Ryan Quinn Flanagan Pski’s Porch (December 19, 2019) Available at Amazon Delighted to have just read Ryan Quinn Flanagan’s (RQF’s) Jumpers from the Belfry Tower. And having previously reviewed RQF’s Return to Vegas Poems for Mad Swirl, I feel like I’m becoming a scholar of RQF’s work. Watch out RQF, next I’m writing your …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 03.07.20

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“Art is the path to being spiritual.” Piet Mondrian ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Stirred – Alan Murphy Mad Swirl welcomes the wonderfully mad collages of Ireland-based artist and writer Alan Murphy. Alan’s work manages to be both simplistic and light-hearted and yet layered, complicated & intense all at once. It is hard to say with words what most of …

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 03.04.20

by on March 5, 2020 :: 0 comments

This past 1st Wednesday of March (aka 03.04.20) Mad Swirl whirled up our open mic madness! Once again we did our thang at the historic Top Ten Records! HUGE GRATS to Lily Taylor at TTR for welcoming us Mad ones these past few months. Our time there has been mighty fine and we wouldn’t “trade” it for anything. But those mad …