The Best of Mad Swirl : 07.04.20

The Best of Mad Swirl : 07.04.20
“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” Franz Kafka ••• The Mad Gallery ••• "Crippled" – Sufia Khatoon See all of Sufia’s ponderous paintings, as well as our other former featured artists (50 in total) at Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl's Poetry Forum... we begrudged the finality of dashing[read more]

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 07.01.20

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 07.01.20
If you tuned in to Mad Swirl Open Mic​ this past 1st Wednesday (aka 07.01.20), Mad Swirl Open Mic once again virtually whirled up the Swirl and got the Mad mic opened for all you Mad ones out there! We beamed our cyber line-up straight out into the wide world of webs & straight to your[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.27.20

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.27.20
“Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.” Lucille Clifton ••• The Mad Gallery ••• "Impatient" – Sufia Khatoon See all of Sufia’s ponderous paintings, as well as our other former featured artists (50 in total) at Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl's Poetry Forum... we exposed a doomer,[read more]

Time to Escape

For roughly two and a half hours
life stops somehow, put in stand by,
the existence between brackets –
a necessary pause to confront
all misery erupting like giant snakes
from the flat, shimmering rectangles.

Black frames enhance the contrast,
yet like death announcement cards
they warn us nothing good will emerge,
they throw heavy objects with sharp angles,
spit acid venom in our faces, vomit peroxide,
drop cluster bombs, sow anger seeds.

Soon greyish stems sprout like twisting worms.
It won’t be long before dark, fanged flowers bloom,
each foraged by electric bumblebees
spreading the anxiety disease at light speed.
So earphones plugged in, lying under soft and warm
blankets of living cat skin, eyes closed, we nap.

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