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mad swirl open mic. 1st wednesdays. absinthe lounge. dallas. texas
Mad Mic B-Day Swirl-a-bration : 11.05.14

::: what's new :::
10.21.14

we got lots'o'mad poetry!
Our swirlingly mad poetry forum features the latest poems from some of the most maddest mad poets swirlin' 'round this big, blue, beat-utiful marble of ours. We are currently featuring... Paul Tristram, Ben Newell, Michelle Villanueva, Ralph-Michael Chiaia, John Szabo, Tom Freeland & Sunya Chavi

need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "For the Love of Snakes: Dr. Veenum and Dr. Wang" by Louis Marvin. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... "The letter said this project could change your life, so he sat in his University of Arizona-Herpetology Dept. office waiting for this Dr. Wang to appear before the United Nations. They were showing the general assembly on the cable news station, which was full to capacity, with folks standing on the sides. Protocol and safety were at their usual high standards, but today was a special day. / He looked over the letter. It called him their top choice, and one of only a very few even considered. He had already talked to the other two folks, and all agreed as to the enormity of the project. / She was sipping green tea with a little honey and lemon. Her notes, dog-eared and stained, had been gone over many, many times. She just wanted to go and deliver the good news..." Get the rest of your read on here.

mad mic memories...
Mad Swirl was the place to be in this poetic community this past 1st Wednesday! This month we featured Kerseymere! We knew when we put this multi-talented mad man on our list of features that he would deliver a show that would send vibrations up and down and all around the Lounge. And did he ever! Huge thanks to Kerseymere for the mad memories. See who was who here.

mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of November (aka 11.05.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to 10th Open Mic Mad Birthday Swirl-a-bration. And stick around to get yourself one of the limited spots on our list... first come, first on the list. Which means... get there early! click here fo' mo' info'!

new madness in the gallery
This month we are extra excited to show you some old photographs we found while sifting in our grandparent's attic. Fool ya'? Sike! These seemingly throwback images are the photog gems of our featured artist, Rosie Lindsey! Trust us when we say that we can go on and on about Rosie's work. But sometimes, when it comes straight from the source, it proves to be much better than we could ever do... "I wish I had a time machine so I could visit Times Square in the 70's or travel before the interstate HWY system was put into place. All I can do is document the echoes of those times and places". Please Rosie, we here at Mad Swirl don't think we're alone when we ask you: don't stop documenting these classic echoes! Ms. Lindsey has a knack for capturing a certain lost energy of a time past that most of us wish we could travel back to. But thanks to Rosie, we can look at these stunning, chilling photographs and pretty much feel like we are there. Wanna take a trip with us down memory lane? Then check out these classic shots and lose yourself in the madness of what was, with the swirls of what still remains.

mad go-fund-me money-raisin'
This year, the Mad Swirl staff got together to list some projects we want to do to extend the Mad radius of the Swirl. We feel its current pulling and compelling us to do more. Here are just a few of the projects we’d like to accomplish. click here to see what we're planning on swirliing up and to help our mad, mad, mad causes!

mad swirlin' reviews
Who wants our opinion? Well, whether you like it or not, we're gonna give it to you! MH Clay gives you his poetic editorial 2-cents on Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal's "Songs for Oblivion". Get the full scoop right here!

mad swirl blog
What? Mad Swirl has a blog? Yep, we've zoomed into the 21st century kicking and screaming. Check us out on blog spot right here.

mad swirl 6: the blue note issue
28 full-color pages & 23 audio tracks of swirling madness that captures the most maddest of the mad ones & the insanity that is the dallas poetry & music scene! for $5 you can be one of the first to get your hands on this limited edition, numbered copy of Mad Swirl! click here for the details.
and lest we forget the past, take a look at the back issues of Mad Swirl I - V

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