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... Michael Atreides Lair, Bhargab Chatterjee, Sunya Chavi, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Deborah Wong, P.Frias & J.K. Durick
new madness in the gallery
This month we welcome back to the mad swirl virtual stage one of our annual favorites, David Arthur-Simons! And we know you'll be as excited as we are for what he has delivered us this year in his series 365 Days Out of my Mind! In case you haven't heard, David works on one of 365 paintings and completes as much as possible in one day. He then returns to the same painting the following year on the same day adding and subtracting elements ’til the painting is "finished". As if these surreal and almost psychedelic works don't already take us through a spiritual and psychological journey as is, knowing the mad story behind the process on which these works were created makes them all the more wondrous. Get ready to get lost (and found) in the mad-imagination of this most profound and prolific minded swirler! On our mark... get set... GO!
need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "Female Lovebird Available to a Home, Any Sort of Home, Doesn’t Even Have to be a Good Home" by Diane Malk. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... “They were a cute couple, those lovebirds. Sporting deep blue feathers and black heads; they were almost identical looking, except that the male was a bit plumper. They were known collectively as the Nummers. We never even bothered to assign them individual names. Sitting together side-by-side on their perch with their little birdie torsos touching is how they spent their days. / One morning I looked into their cage and discovered Mr. Nummer’s corpse lying on the bottom, motionless. Odd, he had been the more robust of the two. In the days that followed, it surprised us to see that his feathered widow was chirping so happily. Maybe one reason was because she was able to jump down to eat whenever she felt the need, now unencumbered by her late partner. She seemed a little too happy—did she do him in, we wondered...” 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 Phil Brewer & Friends! We knew he was gonna be quite the feature and we were spot on! And then the usual mad ones came with their a-game... as always! If you were there, you know what we mean. If not, well, you snooze you lose! See who was who here.
mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of March (aka 04.02.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to enjoy the feature set... featuring ArtLoveMagic. 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'!
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