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Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91 cover by Nastya Nudnik

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Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am is going to Ireland!

June 19th, 2015

Painted Bride Quarterly is taking Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am from Philadelphia to Cork, Ireland! Join us for this one-of-a-kind improv writing competition, July 2nd at 8 p.m. at The Edison!

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Chapbooks by Nicole Callihan

June 15th, 2015

Nicole Callihan’s chapbook, “A Study in Spring,” co-written with fellow-PBQ-er, Zoe White, will be released by Rabbit Catastrophe Press in Fall 2015! It was the winner of the Baltic Writer’s

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A Reading at the Black Sheep Pub

June 1st, 2015

Kimberly Ann Southwick is leaving Philadelphia this summer. Feels. Join Painted Bride Quarterly on June 8th at the Black Sheep Pub (247 S. 17th St.) at 7:30 p.m. to hug her out

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You go, Jed Myers!

May 21st, 2015

 The Spring 2015 Issue of The Hartskill Review has not only published a poem of Jed Myers but it includes a review of his book Watching the Perseids! In addition, the journal’s editor, Joshua Hjalmer Lind, has

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Russell Jaffe’s new book: Introvert/Extrovert

May 19th, 2015

Amazing news! Russell Jaffe just published his new book Introvert/Extrovert through Punk Hostage Press. His book is available at amazon. “I like can’t even deal w the patriarchy right now I don’t know why Russell

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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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