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Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91 cover by Nastya Nudnik

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Pamela Davis recipient of The ABZ Prize for Poetry!

April 24th, 2015

Pamela Davis was the 2014 recipient of The ABZ Prize for Poetry for her book Lunette, which includes “Antidote/” that was first published in PBQ. In addition, she received an outstanding review by

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Andrew Weatherhead’s first full-length collection of poetry!

April 24th, 2015

Andrew James Weatherhead published his first full-length collection of poetry titled, Cats and Dogs. It received many reviews, one by Heather Christle, author of What is Amazing who said, “Perhaps his

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Greg Pardlo wins Pulitzer!

April 22nd, 2015

Greg Pardlo, contributor and former staff editor for Painted Bride Quarterly,  has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with his collection Digest! According to the Pulitzer winners description, his “clear-voiced poems… bring

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Black Sheep reading: Humor edition

April 20th, 2015

On Monday, April 13th PBQ joined friends at the Black Sheep Pub for a humor-themed reading with authors from Issue 91. Tyler Antoine, Mel Bentley, Jacob A. Bennet, and Amy

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PBQ Poetry Slam

March 23rd, 2015

Spring into writing with this interactive writing slam! Join Painted Bride Quarterly for Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am! at the Pen & Pencil Club (1522 Latimer St.) at 7:30 p.m.

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Donnie Welch

Broken down in the Poconos,
driving home for Christmas,
icicles gleam like daggers
on trees and big rigs go zooming
around the hairpin turn I'm stuck on.

If I die here, on Christmas Eve,
next to this shitty Kia, I promise
I will haunt you Pennsylvania:
from your mountains of coal
bleached gray by globalization
to Philly where I'll hover
my spectral ass
inches above William Penn's
statue on the state house.

I will be the reason speedometers
don't calibrate outside of Pittsburgh
and weigh station scales won't
      measure
tractor-trailer payloads, just read
      ERROR.

I'll make sure Kecksburg
has an outward appearance of
      grandeur
rather than remaining a monument
to something that probably didn't
      happen
(in place with a "members only" bar
people must be desperate for the
      stars).

I don't hate you Pennsylvania,
but your Quaker heritage
and chocolate theme parks
aren't enough to make up
for mountain town towing companies.
And if a tired driver goes
into the brake down lane, off road,
I'll join those ranks at Gettysburg
and remain a dutiful ghost.

The words for next month are soap, perverse, and irritate.

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