I spent some time this hour reading or rereading things on bearparade.com.
There is a lot of good shit on there. You should go read it if you haven't.
Here are some of my favorites things on there.
i'm going to touch you very hard by TAO LIN: i like this, like i like a lot of tao's poetry, because it rambles and yet seems to maintain a thought, and uses easy language in a new way. i like the line about destroying a house with an aluminum chair and it being the greatest week. this is a common feeling expressed in a way that absorbs the feeling better than trying to use intangibles. i think a lot of the reason why the kind of writing on bear parade is good is because it describes intangibles without intending to and does a good job.
i want to sleep by ELLEN KENNEDY: i like this because of the title and because of how the story seems to have nothing to do with the title but kind of exactly explains the emotion of wanting to sleep abstractly, which makes me think ellen kennedy maybe has had insomnia or at least mild trouble sleeping. since i was a little kid i've wanted to be able to carry a bed above my head that i could stop and climb into that existed in nowhere and nowhere is a place.
the last two lines of II by MATTHEW ROHRER: the last two lines of this poem are: "At night I make a little sound. It sounds like a witch opening a birthday present." i like those two lines a lot. i'm not sure why.
i want the glass panel tinted by OFELIA HUNT: i like this story for the explicit description used in the first paragraph and the way i laughed inside myself when it transitions out of the description and she says "It was a joke" or something like that. i think this does a better job explaining relationships than whatever modern writers write about relationships. i don't read modern writers who write about relationships like i guess jonathan franzen or something. i can't stand reading stories about relationships unless they are written in a way like this and this is good.
I have no idea what I am doing or why I just wrote all of that except that I think more people should read that stuff.
I like a lot of other things on bearparade but this will be where I shut the fuck up and start doing work.