20 Years of Madness & Still Swirl’n

by on January 5, 2019 :: 0 comments

t’was 20 years ago today that Mad Swirl began to whirl our way! Yep, a full score ago, our creative outlet, Mad Swirl, was born! I still can’t believe we’ve been swirlin’ together since way back in 1999. Who woulda thunk that an idea to start a small local zine would have evolved into the worldwide presence that it is today? Not …

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 01.02.19

by on January 4, 2019 :: 0 comments

To ALL ye yin & yang hangers, ye yang & yin winners, ye lookers for the new, ye bookers of the blue skies beyond the auld lang syne… ye transformers & reformers & resolved heart warmers came & shook the old & new together to make a “now” like no other at Mad Swirl’s New Year 2019 Open Mic! Here’s …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 12.29.18

by on December 30, 2018 :: 0 comments

••• The Mad Gallery ••• To see all of Stephen’s swirly’n’silly yet perfectly profound scenes, as well as our other featured artists, visit Mad Swirl’s Gallery at www.MadSwirl.com! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week on Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we launched a holiday idyllic, sat a season psychedelic; we found a flood in specks of blood; we flew away …

Mad Swirl Open Mic : 01.02.19

by on December 26, 2018 :: 0 comments

Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of January (aka 01.02.19) at 8:00 SHARP as we swirl up the mic at our mad mic-ness home, The Regal Room (located inside of Independent Bar & Kitchen)! A heapin’ helpin’ of musical mad grooves from Swirve (Chris Curiel with special guest Chris Holmes on skins) will start us off. After that, join in & …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 12.22.18

by on December 23, 2018 :: 0 comments

“Against the ruin of the world, there is only one defense: The creative act.” Kenneth Rexroth ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Mad Swirl is mighty pleased to bring back visual artist Stephen Vanderhaar with more crazy cartoons, illustrating silly scenarios only a mad mind like Vanderhaar could dream up. Suffice it to say, we’re glad an i-mad-gination like Stephen’s isn’t going …

Merry Mad-ness & A Happy New Swirl

by on December 22, 2018 :: 0 comments

It’s that time of the year when we emote our inner most happy (or other) to any and all with whom we share these days. From now (yesterday, actually) until New Year’s Day, and a little beyond, we will be seeing Holiday verses from a few of our Contributing Poets and Staff here at Mad Swirl. Poets from our whole …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 12.15.18

by on December 16, 2018 :: 0 comments

“Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.” Muriel Rukeyser ••• The Mad Gallery ••• It’s been our pleasure to feature photographer Sharon O’Callaghan Sheroin our Mad Gallery. This one, titled “I Hear You” will finish her streak as our featured artist. But don’t you worry, we’re lining up yet another bad ass artisté that is gonna spark your mad-gination’s eye as much as Sharon’s …

Another Mad Review: Wet Radio and other poems

by on December 14, 2018 :: 0 comments

Wet Radio and other poems By Goirick Brahmachari CreateSpace Independent Publishing August 18, 2017 Walter Pater wrote that “All art constantly aspires toward the condition of music,” and I can see how this applies to reading Wet Radio and other poems by Goirick Brahmachari. Not only are the poems about music and musical figures, but I can also hear the …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 12.08.18

by on December 10, 2018 :: 0 comments

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” John Lennon ••• The Mad Gallery ••• You, Me – Sharon O’Callaghan Shero To see ALL of Sharon’s madly mysterious snaps, as …

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 12.05.18

by on December 10, 2018 :: 0 comments

This past 1st Wednesday of December (aka 12.05.18)Mad Swirl continued to whirl up our mic madness at our mad mic home, Deep Ellum’s Regal Room! HUGE GRATS to all you mad poets, performers, artists and musicians who helped swirl us up a mighty fine night! Here’s a shout out to all who graced us with your words, your songs, your divine …