Dying as an Art by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

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Narrated by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Dying as an Art by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
Illustration by Sue Babcock
For some, death is final, with regrets, dark
And forever. For others, death is not
So finely grave as that. A sad remark.
A mention. Nothing much. And then forgot,

Inevitably ... no one could ever
Mourn and who would ever care? People die
Every day. Most of them hardly matter,
Even to themselves. Let sleeping dogs lie.

The unsung dead must keep their own counsel,
Our dark regard is not for them...but there
Are some, some who impose artistic will
On death, seeking the release that despair

Can offer when death is allowed to be
Expressed exactly: a twisted way
That tangles and curls coquettishly
Between the devil and the deep ballet

Of statement and oblivion. Coffin
Beds. Pale bouquets offset with black ribbon.
Hearses. Pipe organs. Dusk. Victorian
Memorials. Dark storms coming in

Bringing bone touching cold to foggy air.
This is how death becomes another thing;
How it becomes poetry, well aware
Of its beauty. Morbidly rejoicing.


BIO: Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s otherworldly writing has appeared in History is Dead (Permuted Press), Loving The Undead (From The Asylum), Lost Innocence Anthology (Niteblade), Bits of the Dead & Vicious Verse (Coscom Entertainment),  Champagne Shivers, The Liar’s League, Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Silver Blade, Into the Willows, Riddled With Arrows, Faerie Magazine, Enchanted Conversation, and many other places both on and off line.

She is a Million Writers Award “Notable Story” writer, and has been nominated for both the “Best of the Net” and the Pushcart Prize and has been shortlisted for the Morton Marr and the Angels and Devils Poetry Prize (Holland Park Press).

She edited the Arêtes Vakreste Boker award winning collection, Undertow. She is a former Assistant Poetry Editor of Able Muse as well as a Predators and Editor’s top ten finisher (single poem). Her fourth and most recent formal poetry collection is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press).

Her writings are forthcoming in The Absinthe Anthology (Hyacinth Girls Press),

Automobilia (Fahrenheit Books), US20 (Foothills Publishing), Poetry of the American Southwest Vol 3: 100 Word Poems (Dos Gatos Press), Darkling’s Beasts and Brews – Poetry with a Drink on the Side (Lycan Valley Publications), The Grief Diaries, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Levitate, Around Concord Magazine, The Comstock Review, Abridged Magazine: The Wormwood Issue, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Illumen, Spirit’s Tincture, Faerie Magazine (again) and Star*Line.