The Best of Mad Swirl : 02.24.24

The Best of Mad Swirl : 02.24.24
I write what I see; I paint what I am. Etel Adnan ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Waiting with Arms Akimbo ~ Bill Wolak To see all of Bill’s mind-bending trippy & erotic scenes, as well as our other resident artists (60 and counting!) take a virtual stroll thru Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week on Mad[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 02.17.24

The Best of Mad Swirl : 02.17.24
Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful. A. R. Ammons ••• The Mad Gallery ••• A Tenderness You Can’t Resist ~ Bill Wolak To see all of Bill’s mind-bending trippy & erotic scenes, as well as our other resident artists (60 and counting!) take a virtual stroll thru Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week on Mad Swirl’s Poetry[read more]

The Best of Mad Swirl : 02.10.24

The Best of Mad Swirl : 02.10.24
I get drunk writing words. I don't drink or do drugs, but I get so carried away with writing that I get inebriated from it. John Shirley ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Smooth As Neon Feathers ~ Bill Wolak Gear up and get ready for another damn good time as we welcome back fan favorite (and yes, when I say ‘fan,’[read more]

Scott Wannberg

spaghetti western

so much pain
hidden
under a plate of meatballs.

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Graduation Party

Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad
were three of my most powerful pals.
They each had a flower in the vase &
our enemy destroyed all the[read more]

True Story (Everywhere)

Death by ‘Hazing’
and the Gang…
he never actually
got ‘round to
Joining… Denied
all knowledge…
and refused the
grieving parents
legitimate request
for Security at the
Funeral… where,
a distant cousin
of the deceased
got Stabbed
(So Ferociously)
by[read more]

on to the next

too many things are gone
old spots of joy have now been reborn
as cheap insurance joints
instead of noisy
palaces of booze and madness

too many things are gone
cheap[read more]

Dollar Storing

Dollar Storing

It was my first trip to a dollar store anywhere, this one on Broadway, and she was aghast that I’d never been to one before. Dollar Tree was her idea of a darn good time. I was back in Knoxville after burning through money in Beverly Hills like Satan was after it. Had some good times, paying the price after. So now here I was, poor and at the dollar store. I once looked down on such stores yet had never been in one. Typical. Aware of that hypocrisy, I vowed[read more]
Once Upon a Time, the Outer Wall of the Castle was Called the Bailey, and It Enclosed Everything

Once Upon a Time, the Outer Wall of the Castle was Called the Bailey, and It Enclosed Everything

Bailey's body cast a big shadow across the property, protecting the castle and the inhabitants in times of attack. That is what I told myself, anyway, when I purchased the property on East Ghouland Avenue in Philadelphia. This magnificent estate, built in 1857, not only included the bailey with a beautiful courtyard, but also a three-story rounded tower with battlement-style parapets on top, making it look like a real castle. I had always wanted to live in a castle. Like many a starry-eyed maiden, I had been enamored with fairy tales,[read more]
Recipe for Upholding Calm and Peace at the Reading of a Will

Recipe for Upholding Calm and Peace at the Reading of a Will

Switch on power full of family values and traditions. Put the papers tied with red ribbons upfront. Let it stew for a while. Stir often but take care of the temperature. Keep the sunny side up. Pour stories heard from grandparents and neighbors long gone. Mix family feud with family drama. If situation turns sour, Add half-yellowed family group photos to spread hidden love. Let a compassionate uncle, an over enthusiastic aunt and a friendly lawyer handle the situation. Don’t lose patience or bury hope. Have faith in the cliched sentiment: Family comes first. Put the caramelized mixture into a Moroccan[read more]