SKULLZ AND STRIPES: RANTWISE CAT
SKULLZ AND STRIPES: RANTWISE CAT

The United States government disgracefully and appallingly targets the bulk of its tax revenue toward bombing babies rather than on rearing them in creative, compassionate climates. In other words, the United States government prizes warfare above welfare. The US is the terrifying antithesis of what the propaganda purports it to be. Propaganda would have us […]

SANDRA CISNEROS: SCRIBEWISE CAT
SANDRA CISNEROS: SCRIBEWISE CAT

ABOUT CISNEROS Sandra Cisneros is the author of several books including The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, Loose Woman, and, most recently, Have You Seen Marie? Sandra has been writing for more than 45 years, publishing for more than 35, and earning her living by her pen for more than 18 years. Her books have […]

JOY DIVISION: TUNEWISE CAT
JOY DIVISION: TUNEWISE CAT

HISTORY OF JOY DIVISION “Joy Division only released two albums but they led the way out of punk rock…” “This story begins on July 20th 1976, when the Sex Pistols played at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, supported by local bands Slaughter and the Dogs and the Buzzcocks (making their debut). According to legend, this gig inspired […]

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE: SCRIBEWISE CAT
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE: SCRIBEWISE CAT

LES FLEURS DU MAL  Baudelaire’s poetic masterpiece, the 1861 edition of Les Fleurs du mal, consists of 126 poems arranged in six sections of varying length. Baudelaire always insisted that the collection was not a “simple album” but had “a beginning and an end,” each poem revealing its full meaning only when read in relation to […]

FRIDA KAHLO: ARTWISE CAT
FRIDA KAHLO: ARTWISE CAT

  ART Drawing on personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo’s works often are characterized by their stark portrayals of pain. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted, ‘I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.’ Frida […]

ISSUE 29: EDITOR’S SCRATCHING POST
ISSUE 29: EDITOR'S SCRATCHING POST

” “So whaddaya say we swill some brewskies, listen to our Cure vinyl and read the new issue of Clockwise Cat?” CATATONICALLY SPEAKING Fall may very well be that time of year when things commence their decay, readying themselves for a recycling back to life after a stay in oblivion’s glacial climes. But I say, let fall be […]

ISSUE 29: REVIEWS AND INVECTIVE
ISSUE 29: REVIEWS AND INVECTIVE

This, the 29th issue of Clockwise Cat, is laden with venomous invective and enriching reviews! Our treasured scribes searingly satirize e-books, contemporary poetry, political approaches to immigration and abortion, the educated class, environmentalists (or, rather, enemies to environmentalists), and holiday bigotry. Satirical savvy gives way to more pointed polemics such as that written by Edwin Young […]

ISSUE 29: VERSE
ISSUE 29: VERSE

  The vivid versifiers that populate Issue #29 have scribbled out lines and phrases that will rearrange your brain. We are thrilled, as usual, to feature ALL of these fine ink-slinging fools, but must call special attention to two of them: Juliette Klein, and Isaac Kirkman. I won’t spoil the Juliette part too much – you’ll […]

Almost like William Shatner – NOT! (Film Review) by Kurt Cline
Almost like William Shatner - NOT! (Film Review) by Kurt Cline

Star Trek into Darkness: The Sequel to the Prequel and Why It Leaves Us Stranded in the Dark Well, I was game, and why not? I’ve shelled out hard cash to see all the other Star Trek movies, regardless of how disappointing they were. In fact, I had come to expect disappointment. But here I had […]

Poetics 1 (Meditative Polemic) by Kurt Cline
Poetics 1 (Meditative Polemic) by Kurt Cline

“Those who have suffered understand suffering and thereby extend their hand…” –Patti Smith It is not what is said so much as how. Language a series of vantage points. Poetics a series of strategies for producing valances sometimes shaped like words which refer simultaneously in multiple, even apparently contradictory, directions, to other networks of syllables […]

Wolfgang Carstens’ & Janne Karlsson’s Enjoy Oblivion (Chapbook Review) by David McLean
Wolfgang Carstens' & Janne Karlsson's  Enjoy Oblivion (Chapbook Review) by David McLean

Enjoy Oblivion is a short chapbook from Wolfgang Carstens that is well-illustrated by Janne Karlsson’s excellent drawings. A lot of poetry collections deal with the embarrassing process of mourning the departed, who are often even pictured as residing in some bizarre “afterlife” with some mysterious and incoherent ontological status where they do all sorts of […]

Michael McAloran’s Abattoir Whispers (Book Review) by David McLean
Michael McAloran's Abattoir Whispers (Book Review) by David McLean

This is one of Mc Aloran’s best books of prose poetry. The text, as often is the case, providing almost metatextual commentary on the thought, fragmentary since it is operating without the standard illusory surface effects of the allegedly “internal” psychic language that create the aura of normalcy that surrounds the drooling about seagulls trees […]

The Power of the Top 1% (Polemic) by Edwin L. Young, PhD
The Power of the Top 1% (Polemic) by Edwin L. Young, PhD

1.  How does the top 1% control the populace of the US and other nations? a. Corporate CEO s b. Generals c. Presidents and Governors and the levels immediately below them d. Top administration in higher education e. Owners and heads of major media channels   i. The true intentions and goals of the top […]

George Will’s Words of Folly (Polemic) by Rudy Ravindra
George Will's Words of Folly (Polemic) by Rudy Ravindra

Sexual assault is the new name for rape. Rape by any other name is still rape. This crude word denotes a cruel, barbaric, and inhuman act. Any type of word play does not diminish the traumatic effect of this heinous crime, certainly not by indulging in euphemisms. In an effort to shield the perpetrator, some […]

Monster Required (Polemic) by Michael Andreoni
Monster Required (Polemic) by Michael Andreoni

Early Training I guess Mrs. Patterson was used to having things her way. She held the dollar out at arms length as if there wasn’t any question of me walking away without it. She got that part right. A dollar was a Baby Ruth, a Sweet Tart, and fifty cents left to jingle around in […]

Reframing the Debate (Satire) by Matt Kolbet
Reframing the Debate (Satire) by Matt Kolbet

Recently, (the last n years), some politicians and constituents alike have adopted an anti-immigration stance, and have employed fierce rhetoric in presenting their side of the issue.  Often these speakers are also strongly against abortion.  Somehow though, the confluence of the two issues, immigration and abortion, have been overlooked by parties in opposition to both. Reframing the debate could […]

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