Mad Swirl Open Mic : 07.06.22

Mad Swirl Open Mic : 07.06.22
Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of July (aka 07.06.22) when we'll once again be doin' the open mic voodoo that we do do at our OC home, BARBARA'S PAVILLION and from our Mad Zoom Room (broadcasted via FB Live)! Starting at 7:30pm, we will kick off these open mic’n Mad Swirl’n festivities with some musical[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.25.22

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.25.22
"Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it." Pearl S. Buck ••• The Mad Gallery ••• untitled ~ Eric Suhem To see all of Eric's trippy illustrations, as well as our other resident artists (50+ and counting!) take a virtual stroll thru Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This past week on Mad Swirl’s Poetry[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.18.22

The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.18.22
"Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness." Blaise Pascal ••• The Mad Gallery ••• untitled ~ Eric Suhem To see all of Eric's trippy illustrations, as well as our other resident artists (50+ and counting!) take a virtual stroll thru Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This past week on Mad[read more]

The Enemy of My Enemy Is Probably Also My Enemy, Just Without a Goatee.

For example, no man can wear beige
and remember the taste of the sun. Look,
Jim, just because you went to private

school doesn’t excuse you from a responsibility
to understand physics. It doesn’t matter how
good you look in lacrosse shorts when they

come to reclaim the fields. Sweat soured
on skin like a father’s gaze. A bell that never
stops ringing. I want to laugh like we used

to, talking shit about the pines. Maybe
you’re right, Jim. Maybe there’s nothing
but quiet cars. The flimsy logic of regret.

There’s a certain way of forgetting
that happens every night when you try
to catalogue what remains. It has to do

with never going into the kitchen,
which is the best way of keeping
the floor clean.

– CL Bledsoe

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