Marjorie Maddox, Winter 2017

Featured Image -- 9978I recently mentioned having ordered the new chapbook by Marjorie Maddox, Wives’ Tales (Seven Kitchens Press) and I am now enjoying her, sometimes dark, take on old stories legends. For a lighter twist on some characters from history and literature, check out Marjorie’s clerihews in Word Fountain’s Winter issue.

The magazine will be opening for submissions sooner than usual as we’ll be switching from a summer and winter schedule to spring-summer and fall-winter issues. The new submission window will be from February 24th through March 31st!

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Two Sets of Clerihews by Marjorie Maddox

Literary Clerihews
Marjorie Maddox

Shakespeare
has an ear
for lovely sonnets.
He must know phonics!

* * *

Edgar Allan Poe
loves to scare us so
with thumping hearts beneath the floor
and ravens squawking, “Nevermore.”

* * *

Peter Pan
won’t ever be a man.
It’s too much fun to stay

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Sharlene Gilman, Winter 2017

I have loved this poem for some time as I’ve had the joy of hearing progressive versions of it at various poetry readings across central PA over the last couple of years. Thank you, Sharlene, for sending this rich and wonderful piece to us and allowing us to publish it in Word Fountain!

Be sure to Follow the links to the Winter, 2017 page to get the current print issue with this poem shipped to you!

Bus Ride (Little Americas: Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California)
Sharlene Gilman

TV, Guns, and Pawn is a square bunker building in Rawlins
boasting big black letters: “Your mom was Pro-Life—
Thank her! . . . Read more in “Sharlene Gilman, Winter 2017”

New release: Wives’ Tales by Marjorie Maddox

I just ordered my copy of Marjorie Maddox’s new chapbook! I still have yet to publish the review of her full collection, True, False, or None of the Above, which came out this past spring. Look for some fun little clerihews of hers in the new edition of Word Fountain as well!

Today marks the release of the newest title in our Editor’s Series: Wives’ Tales by Marjorie Maddox. Get your copy here!

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Dad Libs: Throwback Thursday

My son Jonathan and I trying not to lose it.

My son Jonathan and I trying not to lose it.

This has been a scary week, the first week of a certain presidency that pushes my family and me way past the uneasy mark. But rather than give that blowhard, narcissistic, buffoon any more press today, we’re going to jump back to some old Dad Libs, our twist on the classic Mad Libs game.

Micah is spending the week with the old man here and he mentioned to me that he’d like to record some new versions of these, so as we warm up for new Dad Libs episodes, here are three of our favorites from over the years. The first is from 2010 when we recorded the very first Dad Lib on my old Acer laptop, so pardon the poor quality. The next two are just, well just favorite examples of the most fun a family can have indoors without alcohol.

Oh, and we seem to have a thing for butchering Robert Frost poems and great political speeches.