An Editor Abroad, Rotterdam

by on June 9, 2015 :: 4 comments

  Howdy, Mad Swirlers! MH here; checking in from The Netherlands, where I am attending the 46th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam. Thought I would share some impressions and offer some references; intended enrichment for all. The Festival opens tonight with Reasons to be Cheerful; 19 poets to share their poems on the positive and powerful. There will be five days …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.06.15

by on June 6, 2015 :: 1 comment

“In Lightened” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” ~ Bill Moyers ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we nipped never in its blundered bud; we arrested …

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 06.03.15

by on June 4, 2015 :: 1 comment

Oh what a night it was in the land of Swirl’n mic Mad-ness! We were Skype’n, UStream’n, and word around the Lounge, Periscopin’ too! Why all this video streamin’? We needed to get the Emerald Isle closer to Dallas because we featured Irish Poet Brendan McCormack! And what a feature it was… As Swirve started their jazzy madness, the crowd …

the Best of Mad Swirl : 05.30.15

by on May 30, 2015 :: 0 comments

“Now” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “If a guy’s got it, let him give it.” ~ Benny Goodman ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we met a man mole with an ass whole; we …

Then They Came For You…

by on May 24, 2015 :: 3 comments

First they came after the fringes… Those that Joe and Jane Citizen seem to deem as the dregs of society. The executioners lied in wait at the gates, itchy fingers on their triggers. They knew their presence would create tension in the ranks. As they flexed their militarized muscle, flaunting their automatic weapons and armored vehicles paid for by Joe …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 05.23.15

by on May 23, 2015 :: 0 comments

“Radiance in Blue” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “Although idea and form are ultimately paramount in my work, so too are chance, accident, and rawness.” ~ Martin Puryear ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 05.16.15

by on May 16, 2015 :: 0 comments

“Electric Love Plug In” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “I want a language that speaks the truth.” ~ Studs Terkel ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we lapsed in the memory of musky sweet, …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 05.09.15

by on May 9, 2015 :: 0 comments

“Cosmic Kismet Trigger Effect” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “Master of the universe is every man’s potential insight, cosmic potential.” ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we sought home reconciliation …

Notes of Gratitude to ALL the Mad Ones!

by on May 8, 2015 :: 0 comments

Oh what a night it was in the land of Swirl’n mic Mad-ness this past 1st Wednesday (aka 05.06.15)! From the get-go we knew this inaugural kick-off at the NEW Absinthe Lounge was gonna be one to remember! As Swirve started their jazzy madness, the crowd found their way into and filled the VIP lounge with their heads boppin’ and …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 05.02.15

by on May 2, 2015 :: 0 comments

“Gonzo Fuel” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone’s imagination” ~ Hunter S. Thompson The Poetry Forum This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we stepped into a sink …