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Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91: Humor

Issue 91 cover by Nastya Nudnik

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Coming soon- Hala Alyan’s new poetry collection!

July 30th, 2015

Published at PBQ in the past, Hala Alyan second poetry collection, Four Cities, is coming out in September by Black Lawrence Press! She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her poems have appeared


Winner of the 2015 BOAAT Winter Chapbook Competition!

July 14th, 2015

Good news! Jessica Feldman’s manuscript “Call It a Premonition” was chosen by poet Zachary Schomburg as the winner of the 2015 BOAAT Winter Chapbook Competition. BOAAT Press will print and


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!


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


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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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
tractor-trailer payloads, just read

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

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.