Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Fat man profile narration
“He’s been maimed-
beyond all recognition.”
said over his corpse
 but not dead
may as well be
a Hitchcock sonata
of murder, most foul
carnal anatomy
with a hint of vertigo deception

--Mike Zone

Tuesday, January 30, 2018



Larry Nassar was a doctor so we trusted him.
We didn’t think he would hurt those girls
not with their mothers so close by
not with them only being 11 or 12 or 13
as young
as six)
but we were wrong
and now we know
as one woman, after another
grown but still cracked
talked about how
all those years ago
he laid hands on her perfect knees
parted her small legs
and forced his way inside
and how they carried it
the way women learn to carry the pain
of men betraying them
of men taking what they want.
One after another they lined up
160 women
who were girls
whose lives went spinning horribly out of control.
And even those women who were gone
who ended their own lives instead of live with
the memories of his touch
so unwanted
so violent
they had their mothers and fathers there to speak for them.

And I couldn’t help but notice how much smaller the outrage was.
I remember when we all found out about the football coach
who abused those boys.
The shock and horror, the outrage, the think pieces
and I waited and waited
but this time nothing came.
Not one essay, not one opinion piece about the man
who ruined 160 lives over 20 years
or the institutions and people that protected him

and then I realized why.
We are horrified when our boys are raped.
we expect it
for our girls.

--Ally Malinenko

Monday, January 29, 2018




Sunday, January 28, 2018


dicks in red hats

even a happy whistle still hisses

in the tall grass of this town
these people are more snake
than songbird

forked tongues flicking at a rising sun

--Victor Clevenger

Saturday, January 27, 2018


St. John Minadeo

Whenever I see a crossing guard’s bright yellow raincoat,
I think of St. John Minadeo—
            the car, brakes failed, rolling out of control down Hazelwood Avenue;
                        the driver, honking, flailing one arm out the window;
John, pushing the last classmate out of the way—
a split second before martyrdom.

And I think of what it means to make this city my home,
and of the time before it was decided
that mending the seams that sew our world together
was just too taxing,
and that it was a good idea to take care of things
just like St. John Minadeo did.

--Matthew Ussia

Matt Ussia is sentient organic matter, an academic, soft core punk, theremin player, photo-blogger, and podcaster who lives in Pittsburgh.

WineDrunk SideWalk : ShipWrecked in TrumpLand week FIFTY THREE wrap up 'bout that shutdown, huh? Blink and you would've missed it....the democratic party is a weak and anemic party...but i didn't expect them to buckle this quickly....especially to a GOP party run by domestic terrorists and headed by a rapist/racist like Donald Trump....but cave they did. They caved to the hollow promises of Mitch McConnell. They caved to the hollow words of an Alt-right lapdog like Paul Ryan. They caved to an idiotic monster like Donald Trump....and we'll all have our crooked government going until February 8th...enough time for the democratic party to cave even further, if possible.

Or to be honest I don't really know what in the fuck is going on....did Chuck Schumer offer that fat racist 25 billion for his "wall" in exchange for other immigration considerations...or did he not. I guess it depends on what lying side of the aisle you believe.  The real truth to all of this is that both Republicans and Democrats are fucking with the citizens of this nation. They're fucking with people who need federal government services, fucking with people who receive a paycheck from the federal government...and they're fucking with the fates and futures of 800,000 Dreamers.

For those of you walking around with your dicks all hard for November 2018....let this be all be a cautionary tale.

Jeffy "the racist" Session has to distinction of becoming the first member of DOUCHE's cabinet to have been interviewed by Robert Mueller in the ongoing investigation into Russian/Trump collusion in the 2016 election....congrats, Jeffy! You little racist worm! Apparently the interview focused on whether or not DOUCHE was fit for the office of presidency and whether or not that fat, orange Racist CHEETO had obstructed justice at various points....christ, Mueller must be tired of hearing the same horseshit over and over again from these treasonous swine....and one need only read Donny John's tweets to see that he obstructed justice. All the same let's hope Jeffy "the racist dwarf" spends more and more time with Mueller....maybe it'll stop him from this bullshit

yet....we press on. And I guess if any good came from ol' Jeffy/Cheeto/Sanctuary cities it's that 23 mayors refused to meet with our Rapist/Racist-in-Chief.

...Who is apparently "willing and eager" to sit down and have a little chat with Robert Mueller...maybe Jeffy told Donny John just how "fun" it was to be grilled about being a treasonous piece of garbage, and the orange nutbag just can't wait....or maybe this is what Trump is supposed to say when under the gun for collusion and obstruction of justice.  All the same "president" DOUCHE is still insistent that there was no collusion with the Russians even though more and more each day...guess what,'s looking like there was.

This week we turn away, for a moment, from the rapist running our nation in the ground, to the rapist who was just sentenced to 40 to 170 years in prison for raping and sexually assaulting over 150 women. On Wednesday former doctor to the American gymnastics team, a piece of human garbage who goes by the name Lawrence G. Nassar, had his "death warrent" signed by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina after a lifelong career of sexually assaulting and abusing girls as young as 6, that's right, FUCKING SIX YEARS OLD, under the guise of giving them medical examinations.  This Nassar is a real winner.  Not only was he convicted of assault 7 of the 150+ girls that he assaulted, this crown "jewel" of the patriarchy is already serving 60 years for an unrelated child pornography charge.

You know, I was telling my wife this morning that this trial sort of "snuck up" on me, that I wasn't paying much attention to it.  Then we discussed Nassar's trail versus the Jerry Sandusky trails, and how it seemed that Sandusky was much more in the wife, ever the wise artist that she is, made mention of the fact that Sandusky sexually assaulted boys where Nassar assaulted we EXPECT it to happen to girls.

Think about that.  I know that I am.

and from one sexual offender we toggle back to our Sexual Offender-in-Chief

Donny John says there's a path open to making the Dreamers legal citizens....well, hallelujah. Now, this plan is a 10 to 12 years plan of people doing "good work" whatever in the hell that means....but for those of you out there who are thinking that the Grinch's heart grew three sizes on Wednesday...think again.....this deal only works if Donny John gets his "way under budget" 25 billion for his boarder wall and an additional 5 billions for beefed up security.....which, at least in my humble opinion....brings us right back to where we were earlier in this week with the NoWall/No Dreamers whining session between Trump and Schumer.

Asshole is at something called DAVOS this week...or rather it's a Switzerland. And while he's making an ass out of himself there pushing his "America First" agenda, railing against "fake news" to the international community, and hunting down  the best Quarter Pounder on the other side of the Atlantic, word came out on Friday that DOUCHE actually DID, in fact, try to have special counsel Robert Mueller fired back in June but backed off after White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn refused to ask the DOJ to do such a thing......I don't really know what to think here. On the one hand it shows that DOUCHE was really willing to go that far to undermine democracy even further than he and Putin already had done together....but, on the other hand, I'm sort of taken aback but the moron's restraint.  That doesn't seem like Trump at wonders if Ivanka was in the room wearing something fetching whilst bending over to pick something up.....Donny John is very very easily distracted.

Well...that's it for me.  On the heads up front....WineDrunk SideWalk is going to be having it's OWN women's MARCH.  In the month of March the blog is being turned over to Ally Malinenko and the writing/art/wrap ups you see/read on here will all be done by women. For more details click HERE

but stick at 10:30 we have the poetry of Matthew Ussia. And tomorrow we got the work of Victor Clevenger.



Friday, January 26, 2018


his addiction to self destruction

they will never learn
greed grabs the brain
holds reason hostage

the Bush bunch
gave the keys
to the super rich

almost took down
the world with
unbridled greed

now with their
heads in the
gutter again

and a man
sopped in the
sin of wealth

they are ready
to go down
that hole again

this time to
the earth

--Thomas R. Thomas

Thursday, January 25, 2018



What you have learned
is how to bear it.

How to shift and move with it.
How to stop and see the sky
lit up, the moon seemingly so close
that you could reach right out and pluck it from the sky
hold it in your hands, slip it under your tongue.

The way the winter freezes everything into a stillness
the way you know the spring will come back
the slightest bud finding a way
tunneling through the dark
to unfurl in the light

the way life finds a way
the way you can bear it
the sadness and grief
and pain
a stone you move from hip to hip

the way you think you’ll be broken
the way the news comes in wave after wave
the way you shake your head
and dig in, trying to bail out this sinking boat of a nation.

Fathers torn from their families, plucked like a blossom
and packaged away.
Do not look away.
Learn to bear it.

Just like when you wake in the night
feeling the passage of time
knowing that you only have so many days
that you only have so much time.

You reach out, fingers sliding over sheets
praying that they will fall upon another body
another voice
someone else to tell you,

Yes, you too can bear this.

 --Ally Malinenko

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


the kind racist

catches me and the wife
making a cardinal traveling no-no
pressed against a building
map open wide in the wind
he comes across the street
with his bike helmet and bike
asks us what he already knows
are you lost?
not really but street names in dublin
change on a dime
he says i’ll walk you there
the big kilmainham gaol
where ireland was born
in the puddles of revolutionary blood
we don’t really need him
but oh what a kind old man
and that irish accent that gets you every time
of course he asks about the guns in america
it always comes down to the guns
he hopes donald trump is a success
trump is going to build a wall to keep the mexicans out
the idea makes his irish eyes smile
our little leprechaun guide says it’s the pakis here
and he points out a couple of young arabs kissing
the pakis and the blacks
nigerians littering st. stephen’s blessed green
the darkest person you used
to see around here, he says, was a bloody italian
yes, he hopes trump fixes them all for us kids in the states
make america great again
maybe ireland too
and the mexicans and the pakis and the blacks
will disappear in a puff of magic smoke
like we and they never happened to each other at all
when we get to the gaol
i try to give him two euro for his trouble
for a pint or to add to his pot of gold
but he waves me off
points to my wife and says
buy the lady a cup of coffee
a true irish gentleman if ever there was one
biking off down south circular road
and hopefully turning the bend

into the dustbins of history.                                                    

--John Grochalski

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Caught With Their Pants Down

every famous man on the planet
is confessing to sex crimes that
aren't being prosecuted, but so
many of them are artists and
left wing politicians. the other
creeps are on the other side
of the aisle and include the
Commander in Grope.
So as they stand there
with their trousers collapsed
around their ankles in front
of us all we allow these
thugs in office to keep up
the good work while they
continue to rape women
and starving people
including artists
and have also raped
the United States
of America, who took
hush money but will
someday come forward
with her story.

--Kevin Ridgeway

Monday, January 22, 2018


nobody wants this stink

forced down the throat
of a toilet bowl
my morning shit
was peachy orange
not a bright peach    
not a bright orange    
a burnt color smeared on paper
the porcelain refused
to swallow it voluntarily
i felt guilty
walking back into the room
with a plunger
in my hand
like i worked for
fox news

--Victor Clevenger