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... Clinton Van Inman, Carl Kavadlo, Neil Ellman, Donal Mahoney, Changming Yuan, Alan Halford, Pd Lietz, R.A. Hernandez, Ruth Morris & J.R. Carson
mad swirlin' up the open mic
Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of December (aka 12.04.13), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly once again. get to the Lounge early to enjoy the feature set... featuring loco local poet Chris Zimmerly! 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'!
need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "My Dog Converted to Islam" by John Vaughn. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... Sheila, my dog, used to be a very fine dog. She was quiet, well behaved and a gentle companion. She’s a Toy Australian Shepherd, 15 inches tall and 15 pounds, with no tail to speak of and a fondness for chasing rabbits. For a few years I really did not believe that any finer dog ever existed. / So you can imagine my chagrin and dismay when she converted to Islam and transformed our happy home into a place of strife and disarray. I blame myself, really. I should have known what was happening months earlier. I saw the small tell-tale signs of impending conversion but I failed to connect the dots and see where these unorthodox behaviors were leading. I simply missed the larger picture... 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 Mad Swirl co-founder and Austin poet, Cheyenne Gallion. 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.
new madness in the gallery
Mad Swirl's Gallery is not new territory for this month's featured artist. No siree! She is the multi-talented mad-woman that we all know and love here at the MS HQ's - the wonder-full Pd Lietz! An encore round of applause is more than apropos for this month's gifted lady that we're proud to bring back to our stage. Lietz' works of art are all surprsingly different from one another yet have the same air of dark and/or swirling and/or madly mysterious tension that put her on our list of keep-her-coming-back-ers. If you haven't seen her work before, you're in for a treat. And if you have witnessed Pd's pieces before, she's generously shared a few more with us. Click here to lose yourself for a minute or five in this visual madness!
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