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Desert Dead

January 16, 2012

by Lois P. Jones

Desert Dead by Lois P. Jones
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Lois P. Jones’s poetry and photographs have been published in American Poetry Journal, Raven Chronicles, qarrtsiluni, and other print and on-line journals in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2008 she has hosted KPFK’s long-running radio series in Los Angeles, Poet’s Cafe (90.7 FM Pacifica Radio). Lois co-produces Moonday West and is a co-host of Moonday’s east side poetry reading at Flintridge Books. She is the Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal and a 2009/2010 Pushcart Nominee as well as a 2010/2011 nominee for Best New Poets. In 2010 her poem “Ouija” was selected as Poem of the Year by judge Dana Goodyear.

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  1. January 17, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Terrific photo Lois. Love the sound of “desert dead.” The contrast in color between the sky, the white cross and clouds and the adobe? is spectacular.

    • Lois
      January 17, 2012 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Judith. You know if Magritte were mayor of a city, this would have been it. Such a surreality to the light and stark contrasts. Taos is really a photographer’s heaven.

  2. Tony Press
    January 17, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Another good photo – thanks qarrtsiluni folks. So clean, this one.

    • Lois
      January 17, 2012 at 2:09 am

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Tony! Clean is good.

  3. Olivia Morrissette
    January 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Another type of very human community, this time seen through a camera lens. These folks are underground now, but in a way, their lives roll on. (Funny how we put up these cemetery walls, as if to provide safety.)

    There’s a lot going on in this photo. I’m enjoying it a lot, and shall show it to my husband.

  4. Lois
    January 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Olivia, it is a community isn’t it? Well that’s as long as the spirits stick around. Depending on which way your faith blows some may have moved to a heaven or gone to their next life. Then there are those who don’t know what to do so they hang out at the graveyard waiting for the next train. Personally I’ve always thought “rest in peace” was an impossibility. Can we really imagine someone eternally resting (and yet conscious) in a graveyard? I don’t know about you, but I don’t plan on spending the rest of eternity communing with worms and dirt. Graveyards are for the living and so are fences as you aptly point out. I’m pleased you enjoyed this and that it provided a place to ponder. Thanks very much.

  5. Tony Press
    January 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    “Graveyards are for the living and so are fences … .” And as Woody Guthrie reminded us, there are two sides to every fence (and sign):
    As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.

    • Lois
      January 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Hear, hear!

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