Mad Swirl Open Mic : 07.01.15

by on June 23, 2015 :: 1 comment

Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of July (aka July 1st) at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly in the LIVE way that we do every month now for OVER 10 years! This month we are featuring the dynamic musical duo of John Kelley & Stefan Prigmore! After our feature set we urge you stick around to …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.20.15

by on June 20, 2015 :: 2 comments

“Impulse” (above) by featured artist Paula “Pd” Lietz. To see more Mad works from Pd, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “That’s one of the great things about poetry; one realises that one does one’s little turn – that you’re just part of the great crop, as it were.” ~ Paul Muldoon ••• The Mad Gallery ••• …

Featured Artist: Paula “Pd” Lietz

by on June 18, 2015 :: 1 comment

Mad Swirl is proud to bring back longtime Contributing Poet & Artist, Paula “Pd” Lietz. Pd isn’t a newcomer to our Mad Gallery (3x now), but she certainly keeps us excited each time we get to sneak a peak! This time around, we sense a loose theme – lots of wings & allusions to nature & trees. But like usual, …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.13.15

by on June 13, 2015 :: 8 comments

“Technicolor Thought” (above) by featured artist Brett “BA” Ardoin. To see more Mad works from Brett, and our other contributing artists, please visit our Mad Gallery. “The work of art is a scream of freedom.” ~ Christo ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we attempted an atomic bond, bombed instead; we succumbed (again) …

An Editor Abroad, “goedemiddag”

by on June 12, 2015 :: 5 comments

Greetings, Swirlers! MH again; still hanging out in Rotterdam at Poetry International Festival 2015. <hanging out is a poor choice; better to say, diving in> A grand experience, these last three days; full expectations for more great poetry and poets to come. This is a fine gathering to be; creative synapses are being disconnected, challenged to realign in different ways. …

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 …