Conjuring A Spring

I walk into spring       Like a boss Ready to take over My world Shake things up This is my       Conjuring Because this winter Has been harsh And I’m ready to       Give up But spring is here I breathe in Give myself This last little Push   […]

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The Muted Colors of the Common Inner Landscape

This second person narrative by Josh Sczykutowicz transcends the gap between human and animal. It is a journey into instinct, and the reader is transported deep within themself as they take center stage in the story. We become what we are looking for just as we become lost. Perhaps my favorite aspect of Fiction is the […]

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The Power of Positivity

By Thomas Ives There has been an increase in the sadness and gloom in the world recently. Some has to do with the election; some has to do with tragedy or even our personal daily struggles. This blog post is all about the positive that I have seen, read or taken part in recently. I […]

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My Favorite Towel

There are some relationships that last for a brief while and some that were built to last for years. Like the relationship between a girl and her favorite towel. Yep. This is a love story about a towel. It begins six and a half years ago, in Europe. Don’t all great love stories begin on […]

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“breathe once the yellow air of freedom”

John Reinhart has been contributing to Open Thought Vortex since it got its legs. His work is consistently phenomenal. Truly, this poet and firefighter can set the bar for lyrical and visual artistry. By far, my favorite of his pieces is one that speaks directly to the fierce power even the smallest, most unexpected of […]

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When the Dog Bites

By James W. Gaynor   I started Early – Took my Dog – And visited the Sea – The Mermaids in the Basement Came out to look at me –                         Emily Dickinson (656)   In my limited experience with the phenomenon, love at first sight tends to require crowded rooms and alcohol consumption, not metal […]

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A Literary Revolution to Feed the Imagination

By Charli Mills Yanni’s fingers swipe across the ivory keys of his piano and I react. My vision is imaginary, but my senses are real. A mixture of familiarity and adventure, of hope and home, passes through the smallest spaces of my being, as if I could become the warm smell of cookies baking. The […]

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