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::: what's happenin' :::
mad swirl open mic. 1st wednesdays. absinthe lounge. dallas. texas
Justin Booth : 08.06.14

::: what's new :::

we've gone to Ireland!
A few of the Mad Staffers have been invited to participate in the Fermoy Int'l Poetry Festival this year. Fortunate for us! Unfortunately we will be taking a 2 week hiatus from updating the site while we are off jetsetting. We will be back at it come August 10. See all y'all then!

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... Johnny Olson, Pere Risteski, Quinten Collier, A.J. Huffman, Mandolyn, Christopher P. P. White & Bradford Middleton

new madness in the gallery
This month's featured artist, previous poetry contributor GM Spear, decided to hit up Mad Swirl again from her small town in New York - and boy are we glad she did! Needless to say, this chicks got some mad talent; featuring her was a bit of a no-brainer. Take a look for yourself and try to tell us these realistic pieces with varying degrees of trippy, surreal touches aren't right up our alley. In a few that you'll see, Spear plays with white space in a very compelling way, featuring young girls with entire stories of their own, it seems. She captures their energetic, free & truly adorable excitement perfectly - and with a twist; some of em you can't even SEE. If that sounds weird to you, it's cus it is! Would we really ever bring you anything that wasn't? Click here to see the magic GM Spear brought to the visual stage this month, we promise if you take a look, you'll be hooked!

need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "Bad Dreams" by Joe Malone. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... "Todd Smith woke to find a raccoon biting his chin. / "I was at camp, dreaming that my mom wanted me to shave. Christ, I've only got about four hairs." / Aaron Goldberg woke to discover that all his teeth had fallen out. / "I've had the same dream a hundred times. Out come the teeth. My therapist told me I was worried about losing my job, or maybe I was keeping a secret from someone. Turns out, she didn't know bubkes about gum disease." / Arvis Portlander was taken into custody at Microphonics, Inc., his place of work, nude in his cubicle. / "It was a lot more fun in my dream," he said. / Matty Logan, seventh grader, came down to breakfast on a Wednesday-morning school day. / "My mom was in tears. I asked her what was wrong. She told me she had had a dream."... Get the rest of your read on here.

mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of August (aka 08.06.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to enjoy the feature set... featuring Justin Booth! 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 mic memories...
Mad Swirl was the place to be in this poetic community this past 1st Wednesday! This month we featured the Curiel's! We knew this show would be one to behold. 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 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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