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Gary DeNeal is the editor and publisher since 1985 of Springhouse, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on the history and lore of southeastern Illinois.
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Aug. 24, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The Bottle Rockets and the Woodbox Gang will be performing at Carbondale’s Shryock Auditorium on September 7. The Bottle Rockets have been entertaining for two decades and have many fans in the area, but I know too little about the band to write more.
The Woodbox Gang is a whole other story. It has been my privilege to observe the band since the beginning. One of my poems was included in the Woodbox Gang CD, Showdown. Showdown is no longer available. Here is the poem.
woodbox gang
and then
they fling
their blend
of clang
and sense
so sheer
it rends
the air
and word
of tin
as sin
turns speech
to wine
makes screech
and word
of flame
too blurred
to name
burns heart
to bliss
of art
dear lord
I think
no word
or wink
can get
the wit
they toss
wit twice
as sweet
as ice
in heat
yet plain
and raw
as rain
in fall
does swift
red hawk
share gift
of squawk
with mice
whose squeals
help spice
his meals
does sun
burned milk
soon turn
to silk
is chopped
up sea
your cup
of tea
is least
a beast
of note
does bloom
of plumb
make gloom
less glum
does scream
of owl
drain cream
from cow
do spoons
banged so
cause tunes
to flow
does mirth
make earth
go round

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