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September 2001

The Art Of Dying
by Walter Armstrong
In 1989, with only months to live, Keith Haring painted this beauty, gave it the beguiling title "Unfinished Painting" and presented it to a friend as a wedding gift. The canvas' left half weeps as it contemplates a radiant eternity, and you could look at that blue forever; the right half is blank, and you make of this empty mirror what you will. Haring has bequeathed us a typically subversive exercise in facing -- even embracing -- death.

Words to Die By
by Walter Armstrong
"Man has created death," W.B. Yeats immortally wrote. And while wild-eyed poets and other artistic types are famous for living in fantasy worlds, their compulsion to create can lead them into those dark, too-real regions of mind where the rest of us fear to tread. Death is one such place. POZ asked eight artists and activists with HIV to share what they see there.

Death in Hand
by Angelo Ragaza and Bill Strubbe
AIDS fired up the assisted-suicide debate -- until HIVers traded in the hemlock for HAART. But as combos fail, self-deliverance is back on the agenda.

The Way We Die Now
by Tim Murphy
AIDS is over, HIVers are living to ripe old ages, right? Not quite. POZ asked for autopsies of five who "died of AIDS" only to find that they top killers now aren't  always HIV

D.I.Y. Death
by Greg Lugliani
Want a way out because the pain is too much? Or just planning for the worst? Nursie has the plastic bag and pills to do the job.

Hear No Evil
by Shana Naomi Krochmal

Careers
by Shana Naomi Krochmal

Human Wrongs
by Suzy Martin

Canada Dried
by Suzy Martin

Just Generic
by Suzy Martin

The Plot Sickens
by Denny Lee

Altitude Adjustment
by Gale Scott

Sentimental Education
by Jon Nalley
Jon Nalley takes a page from the Dead Uncle Society

The Luck of The Draw
by Jeff Hoover
Jeff Hoover takes a dip in the Death Pool

Walker, Within This Circle Pause
by Larry Lerner

Gays & AIDS

Movin' On, I
by Suzy Martin

Movin' On, II
by Shana Naomi Krochmal

Prez Says
by Angelo Ragaza

Kiss From Sis
by Shana Naomi Krochmal

No Bones About It
by Angelo Ragaza

Deaditors, We Salute You!
by Shana Naomi Krochmal

A Tomb With a View
by Shana Naomi Krochmal

Monster Mash
by Clifford Chase

Living Will Is The Best Revenge
by Martin Downs

New Drug Watch: A Couple of Swells
by Sherry Kahn

Organ Downer
by Anne Jacobson

Role Reversal
by Anne Jacobson

Snapshots: Larry Montero
by Angelo Ragaza
The mortician and 17-year survivor treats corpses to TLC with that gay flair

Mailbox
by Staff

Editor's Letter
by Walter Armstrong


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