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Sonic Boom's Final Issue

I am happy to have a poem included in what is Sonic Boom's final and wonderfully colorful issue (No. 24) released last Friday. It is edited by the journal's founder Shloka Shankar along with Robin Smith and Kat Lehmann. In a message to Sonic Boom contributors, Shloka stated,


I will continue to host the Annual Vispo Contest each June on the website. The journal will re-launch after a hiatus in a new format. Our imprint, Yavanika Press, will continue to publish e-chapbooks. Infinite gratitude for being a part of the SB family.

As for that "new format", we are staying tuned.


My included poem was inspired by a scene in the film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring directed by Kim Ki-duk (2003). The poem reads as follows:



THE PRESENT ABSENCE


And the thing in the Kim Ki-duk film I recall most—

and it’s the strangest thing—is how when after

the young apprentice makes off with the

precious Buddha statue from the monastery


his aging master doesn’t even try to replace it

but instead sits facing the space the Buddha was in


and the old wall that was always behind it




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