Magical Jeep/Book Porn

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Burr Ridge, Illinois 01/28/15

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Horror, Sleaze, Trash

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delighted to have some of my newer work published in the ever-entertaining HORROR, SLEAZE, TRASH. please check it out. http://www.horrorsleazetrash.com/uncategorized/michele-mcdannold/

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Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

to my dearest, from chicago

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ok chicago you’re winning me over

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it’s time

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It’s Time To Train Yourself

it’s time to train yourself
to sleep alone again
and it’s so fucking hard

–Richard Brautigan

a simple solution to a thing that really makes some literary/book/arts awards kind of suck balls, okay. sorry..

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it’s not that i don’t think these institutions aren’t well-meaning.. that those recognized with awards, aren’t well-deserving.. simply that’s it’s a reward system that does bear some weight in reaching a larger audience, bears weight on the likelihood to encounter other opportunities with an actual pay scale and other supports for your art.

with that in mind, i am irritated with the placement of an economic barrier in the form of a submission fee, some absolutely ridiculous and just the same even a minimal, makes it completely out of reach for some very deserving and talented individuals.

it’s not about commitment to the work, it’s not about skill– it’s about expendable income. think about it more than two seconds and recognize what a disservice this is all the way around. maybe i’m wrong to think this might be part of the problem with diversity in the literary world?? just to get started. not to mention how narrow the view of things we read, think and talk about by observing such a (important??) factor as what’s in your bank account.

i understand the fees are necessary to support the contest even happening in the first place to some degree. i get it..we get it..money doesn’t drop out of the clear blue sky and the arts get the shaft on what is there on a regular basis, regardless.

so why not keep the fees?.. those who can pay, pay. add an option to submit without a fee for those living in poverty. any number of free and easy ways to verify requests for the free option. we’re used to standing in lines and handing over our certified copies of whatever. no worries. and if someone wants to cheat it that bad, well i guess that shows commitment to their work then, eh?

purposeful interaction theory

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soon the day comes

in the cold air
now prepped
for a storm
the trucks gathering
anything left not dead
dies soon
they close at sunset
& all the whole day is gloom
inside impending clouds
long after the train, the wind
trails gone into
a tunnel
who is to say
how long these signs
are just a pictograph
of curious patterns
and mismatched currents


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

Burlington, Iowa Frozen January Riverfront

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The Burlington Rail Bridge (pictured below) is a vertical-lift railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi River between Burlington, Iowa and Gulf Port, Illinois.

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The Great River Bridge crosses the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa on US Route 34 across from Gulf Port, Illinois

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view from the Riverfront back at the town of Burlington..

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population: turtles

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Dallas City, Illinois along Route 9620150124_085902

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sometimes rare days look just like the other ones

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Carthage, Illinois