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Recorded for Poem-a-Day, July 20, 2016.
About this Poem 

“‘Voidcraft’ is a poem that comes from thinking about Japanese death poems, negative capability, and Viking funerals.”
—Ben Mirov

Voidcraft

When the time comes for you
to board death’s shifty raft

of mirror shards and plastic coffee cups,
I hope you’re ready.

I hope you’ve made peace
with everyone you’ve ever done wrong

and you feel no more use for pencils
and your robe is warm and dry

and nothing obstructs
your view of the void.

When the moment arrives
I hope you pass through the membrane

that separates this world
from the next whatever

snowstorm wishbone yadda yadda
with very little pain. And a modicum of pride.

That’s all I have to say for now.
That’s all I ever have to say.

Copyright © 2016 by Ben Mirov. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 20, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2016 by Ben Mirov. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 20, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov is the author of ghost machines (Slope Editions, 2016). 

by this poet

poem
If you work at a steady rate
you may reach the river by nightfall
and if you have the will

a canoe will be waiting 
by the ash factory 
for you to take upstream

to the takoyaki shack
where you can eat delicious food
and drink as much beer as you like

until late into the night.
In other words you have 
your
poem

There is nothing in my head today.
I think about you everyday.
My head full of