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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #22, In Pictures

A googolplex of gargantuan gratitudes to everyone who made our 22nd Reading one of the all-time greats: Keegan, Melissa, Mary Boo, Jess, Ron, and Shy for performing your flappy lits;  Alibi for your show-stopping singing and fab photography; Pacific Standard for the ever-gracious hospitality; and of course, all you gorgeous & enthusiastic individuals who came to be part of the audience.
Let’s do this again on June 27…

photos by Alibi Jones

Keegan Lester recounts an unforgettable road trip soundtracked by Fleetwood Mac

Melissa Mesku talks about The Game and how to lose it

Mary Boo Anderson shares some love poems from the NSA

Jess Rizkallah shares poems both silly & sad

Ron Kolm tells stories about his days as an encyclopedia salesman

Shy Watson recites poems from her latest book “Cheap Yellow”

Alibi Jones prepares to teach the audience how to do the Dada Polka

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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #22

Join us as we dance the dance of the seven veils, and bring us the head of John the Baptist– it’s our 22nd reading! Wednesday, May 23, 7-9 PM at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard.

Starring:

MARY BOO ANDERSON
ALIBI JONES
RON KOLM
KEEGAN LESTER
MELISSA MESKU
JESS RIZKALLAH
SHY WATSON

Admission is free; facebook event page is here.

“Dead in the Eye” – Fiction by Melissa Mesku

Pond with Ducks (Girl Amusing Herself) – Paul Gaugin, 1881

From our Spring 2018 issueMelissa Mesku‘s “Dead in the Eye” is a short coming-of-age story about ducks and cigarettes and the strangeness of adolescence. [And if you’ll be in the NYC area on Wednesday, May 23, you can catch Melissa read among our stellar lineup of writers & performers at FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #22.]

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THE BOYS CAME BACK FEVERISH, YELLING OVER EACH OTHER. Aunt Grandma climbed down from the trailer to hush them. It was just after twilight but their eyes were wild, glowing. Bright impossibilities spilled out of their mouths.

Among them:

1/ Some witches had turned a boy into a duck and then murdered him

2/ Raven-haired sorceresses had buried a dead duck which came back to life

3/ A pair of girl Satanists had burned a duck alive and then drank its blood

Aunt Grandma’s twin came out of her trailer next door. The boys saw they had a new audience and ran to her, shouting. They crowded around her like dogs. She was a bit drunk from what we could tell – rum, no doubt – and we listened to her “Mmm hmm” and “You don’t say” while all four boys ran at the mouth. More details emerged.

1/ The witches were sisters

2/ They weren’t witches, but vampires

3/ Regardless, they were lesbians

The way they told it, the whole mountainside was abuzz with rumors. Apparently, the only fact they agreed upon was that the offenders – two females – had disappeared at sundown in a cloud of smoke.

Violet and I sat in our tent with the lights out, our sides heaving. We clutched our hands over our mouths and stayed silent, stone silent. We had nothing but contempt for the boys and their ridiculous stories, but for once we were enthralled. The cacophony was theirs, but the mischief that had unleashed it was ours.

That night, in the dark, Violet and I swore that tomorrow, we’d return to the scene. “If what those boys want is a witch, a witch is what they’re going to get,” she said ominously.

It’s just as well we made that promise under the cover of night. I had trouble looking her in the eye those days. Or maybe she had trouble looking at me. In my naïveté, I assumed it was because if our eyes did meet, we would have cracked up and blown our cover.
Continue reading “Dead in the Eye” – Fiction by Melissa Mesku

FLAPPERHOUSE #17 Now on Sale!

Sisterhood, Mysterious Treasure, Fallen Angels, Deviant Afterlives, Slasher Barbies, Poetic Viruses, Baboon Warfare: FLAPPERHOUSE #17.

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