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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 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... Mandolyn, Christopher P. P. White, Bradford Middleton, Derrick Gaskin, Alex L. Swartzentruber, Melanie Browne & Linda Haltmaier

need a read?
Check out the latest addition to our short stories library, "Killing Field" by Tyler Malone. Here's a taste to whet your whistle... "The way you can’t swallow, a thick throat, swollen with the need for a wet drop, that was their country. The hunter left his family to gather supper, a hog to slaughter. The kill would happen early, while the woman and children would pick cotton. The hunter would return with blood on his hands, food for bellies. With death, there’s life. / A grown woman and two girls receive kisses from the hunter, heavy with a rifle, ammunition brass, and a canteen of well water from the cool earth odorous with snakes and spiders. Oily, like worm bellies. As if it’s the taste of gold everyone seems to rush towards with cool veins and hot beating hearts, the hunter sips the well’s canteen but its goodness is blind to the eyes of the maker, washing out his wife and babies. / The hunter always knows where to go"... 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'!

new madness in the gallery
Mike Fiorito. Mike Fiorito? Mike Fiorito… that name sounds so familiar. Oh yeah, he’s a contributing short story writer on Mad Swirl! But what’s his submission doing in the Visual Submissions inbox? Oh, he’s an artist too! And Mike is returning to the mad virtual stage this time with some collages that - dare we say - gracefully combine boobs, butts, skin, (and more skin) with frogs, fish, satellites and...wait, is that Spiderman? Needless to say, this work stirred up a handful of confusing spaces inside us so we thought we'd better pass it on. After all, this ain't called Mad Swirl for nothin'! The calm and collected chaos of these little blurbs are enough to make anyone feel crazy. We always assumed combining sex with space with art with amphibians with - yes, that is Spiderman - was damn near impossible but leave it to Mike Fiorito to prove us wrong! The kind of crazy combo that's right up the Mad Swirl alley - so what say you? Down to take a stroll?

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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“Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.”
Blaise Pascal
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