Write living

By Atom Rush

  Seems distant to believe We grow anymore Just endure velvet Stars in a moonless night Write living Focus my energy for attitude To change to grow Vicious moments lost in time And I awake everyday On a mattress with no sheet In the soft… Read more »

Word(s) of the Monday: “surveillance state”

Joshua L. Durkin

  surveillance: close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal state: 1 the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time; [in singular] (a state) an agitated or anxious condition. 2 a nation or territory considered as an organized political… Read more »

Word(s) of the Monday (on Tuesday): “White Noise”

Joshua L. Durkin

  White 1 resembling a surface reflecting sunlight without absorbing any of the visible rays; of the color of milk or fresh snow. 2 approaching such a color; pale esp. in the face. 3 less dark than other things of the same kind. Noise 1… Read more »

Word of the Wednesday, May 1, 2013: “Real”

Amanda Bloom

    real adjective actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed : Julius Caesar was a real person | a story drawing on real events | her many illnesses, real and imaginary. • used to emphasize the significance or… Read more »

Word of the Monday: “Ullage”

Amanda Bloom

  ullage |ˈəlij| noun the amount by which a container falls short of being full.     -loss of liquid by evaporation or leakage. ORIGIN late Middle English : from Anglo-Norman French ulliage, from Old French euillier ‘fill up,’ based on Latin oculus ‘eye’ (with… Read more »

Word of the Monday, April 8. 2013: “Sequester”

Joshua L. Durkin

  sequester  verb [ trans. ] 1 isolate or hide away (someone or something) : Tiberius was sequestered on an island | the artist sequestered himself in his studio for two years. •2 take legal possession of (assets) until a debt has been paid or… Read more »

Word of the Monday, April 15, 2013: “small beer”

Amanda Bloom

  small beer noun 1 chiefly Brit. a thing that is considered unimportant : even with $10,000 to invest, you are still small beer for most stockbrokers. 2 archaic weak beer.   Small beer – another way to say no big deal, small potatoes, mole… Read more »

Word of the Monday, April 1, 2013: “Eeyorish”

Amanda Bloom

  It’s always interesting when an instance of pop culture or slang cements itself into our dictionaries.  Some recent notables include “f-bomb,” “man cave,” and “sexting.”   Today’s Word of the Monday can be credited to A.A. Milne, the author of the  1920s Winnie-the-Pooh series.  His lovable,… Read more »

Word of the Monday – March 25, 2013

Jeff Aylward

  Howdy folks! I’ll be serving you up tasty Words of the Monday because your Monday is exactly one word short. Always. So we’re going to fix that with duct tape and, pal(s).   The Word of the Monday is:   xanadu noun. A… Read more »

A new column on The Mercurial, 'Word of the Monday,' debuts with "oneiroparonomastician."

Word of the Monday – March 18, 2013

Joshua L. Durkin

  Oneiroparonomastician noun   An Englishman writing about an Irishman, who was without doubt one of the great literary influences of the twentieth century, and all centuries for that matter, coined one of the more interesting words I’ve come across.   “Oneiroparonomastician,” or “dream-pun-namer,” is… Read more »

WestConn Professor Gives Young Writers a Chance to Shine

Travis Moore

  “When we were kids, people laughed at us when we said we wanted to be writers.”   Lynn Purtle understands the peculiar pain young writers often endure. For kids who are passionate about the craft of writing, growing up with a talent requiring solitary… Read more »

Waiting for the End of the Night

Dan Witrock

  I think my hair looks okay. It should look okay. I checked myself in the mirror before I left the house. But it was breezy and kind of wet out, so maybe it’s no longer in the shape I tried so hard to achieve…. Read more »

The White Letter

Robert Rae

by Katie Przybylski The knob is turned by a boy half the height of the door.
His skin past pale, and ghostlike. His face somehow far from a child’s. And a man is here also… by Katie Przybylski       The knob is turned by… Read more »

The POEMobile Hits Bridgeport Arts Fest on July 13

Mercurial Staff

  On Saturday, July 13 at 8:30pm, the POEMobile, a beautifully hand-painted truck covered in multilingual poetry that houses an innovative, open-air text projection system, will visit Bridgeport’s Arts Fest. Led by poetry ambassador Shanna T. Melton, Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along… Read more »

The Master Book of All Plots, Reprinted from 1928

Robert Rae

from Benay Enterprises, Inc. TIN HOUSE publishing company is reprinting Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots by the prolific pulp writer William Wallace Cook, a how-to story writing book originally published in 1928. The new edition comes just in time for November, National Novel… Read more »

The Insider – Part 8

Robert Rae

a serial by Joseph Benedict “Fang!” Fang stared at her monitor, ignoring Sky’s voice and the sound of his fist on the door downstairs. Rows of gray email subjects filled the screen. She looked at them, biting her lip. The URL at the top of… Read more »

The Insider – Part 7

Robert Rae

a serial by Joseph Benedict “The data here is too complete not to have been tested in the field,” Melbourne said breathlessly. “Soon, I’m afraid you’ll come up against agents in the field who can match your capabilities. Or exceed them. You have to get… Read more »

The Insider – Part 6

Robert Rae

a serial by Joseph Benedict “Fourth floor… they’re definitely entering something now.” Dave said, staring at the screens displaying the elevator’s descent. He opened another window, and poised with the pointer over a single button. “Third floor…now!” He clicked and scrambled out of the chair. … Read more »

The Insider – Part 5

Robert Rae

a serial by Joseph Benedict “It’s clear this way.” Fang gestured with her gun. She spotted her reflection in the polished marble of the far wall and noticed how ridiculous she looked holding a weapon a third of her size. Ignoring the pang of guilt… Read more »

The Insider – Part 4

Robert Rae

a serial by Joseph Benedict When he spotted the knot of black-armored security guards trotting out of the elevator toward them, Hawkins dropped his smile and lunged at the guard by his window. He jammed half-curled knuckles into the man’s throat, collapsing his windpipe. Snatching… Read more »

The Insider – Part 3

Robert Rae

a serial by Joseph Benedict Fang kept the Mustang parallel to the waterfront. She spotted the end of the boardwalk ahead and shushed Dave and Hawkins. “Building’s up ahead,” she said, speeding up as they left most of the foot traffic behind them. “We know… Read more »

The Insider – Part 2

Robert Rae

a serial by Joseph Benedict Evening traffic clogged the streets. At every busy intersection, Fang ducked onto side streets, always running parallel to wider main roads so she could duck back on when they were clear. In minutes she saw the green edge of the… Read more »

The Insider – Part 17

Joseph Benedict

  “You sure it’s safe here?” Russel asked as the elevator doors pinched shut behind him and his son.   Their well-dressed host turned and lifted his arm to indicate the wide hallway walled with polished oak and the opulent penthouse suite spread out beyond… Read more »

The Insider – Part 16

Joseph Benedict

  Fang kept her hands low and steady, wondering if the martial arts or whatever she had done at to the guards and the men who had tried to take her would kick in. She didn’t feel any sudden impulses to whip around and chop… Read more »