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Cover art by LOWELL BOYERS*

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James Beach, "Assignment 18"

Jerry Bloedow, "1:1 of 'True Love'"

Felino A. Soriano, "Of piano"

Dee Sunshine, "Collateral Damage"

Janine Pommy Vega, "Garden Gate"


JAMES BEACH's bio is on the [contributors] page.

JERRY BLOEDOW worked in all aspects of filmmaking and as an adjunct professor of film + video at NYU, receiving numerous awards for each trade. Nonetheless, when asked what he did, his favorite answer was: "I'm a poet." He was a major part of the Lower East Side poetry Scene in the 1960s, the inventor of a device called The Poetry Machine, and founder of the Hardware Poets Theater in NYC. RiP. (Submission 2009 by Maria C. Neuda)

FELINO A. SORIANO's recent poetry collections include Intentions of Aligned Demarcations (Desperanto, 2011), Pathos etched, recalled: (white sky books, 2011), and Divaricated, Spatial Aggregates (limit cycle press, 2011). He edits and publishes the online journal, Counterexample Poetics. felinosoriano.info

DEE SUNSHINE once created a stunning collage that Smokebox editors paired with a heady essay from the editor here... When contacted re submitting here, he replied with a slew of collages; the other issues were already loaded so just one piece got in. His bio is available online elsewhere.

JANINE POMMY VEGA submitted to Wood Coin through the postal service in 2009, sans bio. General knowledge is, she was a stellar poet and ran with the Beats, befriending Kerouac et al... Perhaps this was a last poem? Garden Gate, which riffs on cohort Carol Berge and her antiques shop, among other things, is found only this site. RiP.


*See his [bio] in previous issue.

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