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We were saddened to hear of kari edwards’ passing on Dec. 2, 2006. She was one of the first writers to send us work and we always appreciated her willingness to contribute to a new journal and her kindness and patience. We have decided to feature all of the poems she gave us in this issue. What we liked about the poems were their skilled use of sound, ability to move between the concrete and abstract, and at times, their almost breathless way of making you pay attention to the words like you haven’t in a long time. Below the poems are links to her recent work, blogs (about her and by her), a recent reading, and memorials. A blog search will turn up more tributes.

Blogs by kari edward'

Her new book of poems, having been blue for charity, is soon forthcoming from Blazevox books:

Ron Silliman’s blog:
Pierre Joris’ Nomadics blog:
Mark D.’s blog:

Wikipedia entries:

Tribute and recent reading:

Martin McGowan has had work, poetry and prose, published in dozens of literary journals, has won poetry prizes and was awarded an NEA grant for a study of Masters' Spoon River Anthology. Retired from teaching, he volunteers as a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago. Two novels languish in his computer.

by Charlotte Pence
Charlotte Pence’s poetry has appeared in a variety of journals including Southern Poetry Review, Seattle Review, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. In 2003, she received the individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the New Millennium Writing Award for Poetry, XVI, 2004. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Nicholas Leaskou lives in San Francisco. His poems have appeared in Fourteen Hills, Transfer, and other journals. He has recently contributed poetry reviews to the New York City-based arts and politics newspaper, Boog City. “Metacenter” is an ongoing project whose first movement begins here.

He has a graduate degree from the Writing Program at Stanford University where he studied under Yvor Winters and Wallace Stegner. Front Street Publishers, New York City, published a book of his poetry, "Four Picture Sequence of Desire and Love." He is included in an anthology, "Bridges," of poets of the Hudson River valley with an introduction by Mary Gordon. He has appeared in an anthology, "70 on the 70s," published by Ashland Poetry Press. More about the author...

Josh owns and operates Open Heart Farm, which, besides being a 25-member CSA, also does lots of farmer's markets and wholesaling of Asian veggies. He has lived in Burlington, Vermont for approximately one year, but still admits to having a New York State of mind occasionally. His work is scattered about the web. See other publication.

by Christopher Y. Lew
Christopher Y. Lew’s poems have been featured in the Asian Pacific American Journal and Hanging Loose. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
More about the author...

by Claudette Mork Sigg
Her poetry has been featured on the websites of Natural Bridge and The Teacher's Voice. She has been published in Natural Bridge, Atlanta Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Colere, Pinyon, The Teacher's Voice, and Into the Teeth of the Wind, in the anthologies, Sierra Songs & Descents and in Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains. Her poetry also has appeared in the anthology, Translations From the Human Language, A Poetry Audio Tour of Selected Works from the Oakland Museum of California’s Gallery of California Art. In 1996, she won the Steelhead Literary Contest for poetry, and in 1997 honorable mention in the El Dorado Writer’s Guild Acorn Contest.

Carol Dorf’s poems have appeared in Runes, Five Fingers Review, Feminist Studies, NewVerseNews (online), Coracle, Home Planet News, The NeoVictorian and elsewhere. She’s taught in a variety of venues including a science museum, an arts’ center, community colleges and at a large urban high school. She spent a lot of time learning theories in the 80s.

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