Although most of our issues of the magazine are open to poetry and short prose on any theme, we have had a small number of dedicated volumes. PURPLE PATCH No.46 The Max Noiprox Edition, was issued in memory of Max Noiprox, who died in 1988. He sent his poems to and was published in many magazines and also had a large body of pamphlets of his work published. Submissions would arrive bathed in roll-up tobacco smells and typed on an old typewriter, the words crossed out, tippexed, and with ballpointed alterations. Unknown to us editors, Max's real name was Eric Uttley and he had been an actor in Rep. and a play manager in the West End. Max had always given the impression that he was homosexual and this was born out in the information received after his death. His poems were exotic and intense, and this, the only edition so far of Purple Patch to concentrate on one individual, included biography, tribute, and his poems. PURPLE PATCH No.50 Number 50 was an A4, 28-page edition celebrating the half century. Max Noiprox described Miles Davis as a hump-backed whale, high trumpetings that honk, and Rosemary Benzing crashed out at the T.T.Races on the Isle of Man. Kevin McGrath told us that Pablo Neruda shaped his tongue from the stone and soil of Chile and there was a page of T.Kilgore Splake. The Editor provided potted histories of the magazine and also the brief on writer Sid Chaplin. PURPLE PATCH No.53 This issue hits you with its striking black and white cover picture of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. It illustrates a fantastic poem by Sheila Jacob. In The Gossip Column, John Francis Haines is berated for going to Laugharne and not visiting The Boathouse and Builth Wells Tourist Office and for not knowing the town had a memorial to T. Harri Jones.  John Brander's African Poems put the other side of the apartheid story - Yesterday De Klerk gave in. There are great nature poems from Michael Newman, and Malcolm E.Wright reveals What I Really Did In The Sixties. PURPLE PATCH No.60 There is a portrait sketch of George Barker on the cover, which I'd forgotten I'd drawn! Chris Murray dishes the dirt on Schizophrenia, saying he wasn't exactly mad about it, and Santiago Espel tells of a drunken soldier in love with the trigger's mechanism.  Brian Daldorph shows a dual nationality with two poems on driving through the countryside, one in England, the other in the U.S.A. and John Brander knows the loneliness of foreign lands and the way a stranger at the next table looks at nothing. The Gossip Column reveals that Epping Forest College was holding a Dick-fest (a symposium on Philip K.Dick). PURPLE PATCH No.64  This issue is interesting in that it gives the original worksheets of poems, along with crossings-out and corrections, of poems by contemporary small press poets alongside the finished article. Perhaps this is a thing that we should do again. It has poems and worksheets by Sam Smith, Steve Sneyd, D.F.Lewis, Alex Warner, Maureen Weldon, Michael Newman, Andy Botterill, Colin Nixon and more.   It may well be possible to observe their thought patterns between the scrawled lines. PURPLE PATCH No.79 - SURREAL ISSUE Number seventy-nine of Purple Patch was A4 and photocopied on my own photocopier in the hallway of my flat. It was a themed issue, and that theme was Surrealism.  Each of the one hundred copies circulated had a different cover illustration and each contained a small plastic pouch in which was inserted an original watercolour painting or a tiny booklet.  Douglas Forward wrote to ask why we were having a special Surreal Issue, when every issue of Purple Patch was surreal. There was a recipe for rainbow ice from John Alan Douglas, Ray Avery was advertising cut-price guardian angels, Sam Smith was making mistakes with Tippex, John Coldwell was advising people not to ask the age of an apple, and Jeanne Conn, Graham Coleman, Peter Hawkins, Laurie Calhoun, Michael Newman, Pat Brown, Sam Smith, Derek Kortlandt, John Brander, Maureen McNaughton, Maureen Weldon, Pat Howe, Andrew Pye, Brendan McMahon, Bob Eccleston, Bob Bishop and Steve Sneyd also provided poems. In addition there were stories by D.F.Lewis and a number of strange illustrations. Because the covers varied in illustration and colour, in addition to distributed copies, a further five were retained in our files, which in itself is a little surreal. Geoff Stevens