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'This Thing Called Life'

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson


Maura Alia Badji 

About the Poet

Maura Alia Badji's poetry and essays have appeared in many literary journals, newspapers and online outlets, including Cobalt, tight, The Skinny Poetry Journal, The Good Men Project, The Phoenix Soul, This City Is a Poem, Barely South Review, The Buffalo Times, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and The Woodstock Times

Poems are forthcoming in anthologies published by Liberated Muse, The Watering Hole (an online community for poets of color,) and NightBallet Press.   

Badji earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she also served as an editorial assistant for The Seattle Review. She blogs at The Moxie Bee,

Badji lives in Virginia Beach with her son Ibrahim.

Spring 2017 »

His Name Was Prince
and He Was Funky

by Maura Alia Badji

True Gemini, our Prince, he rocked ancient splits: Love/God;
Black/White; Male/Female. Ungendered fever dream realized:

Purple Funk Deity. He earned our surrender. Universal Lover,
God of Raunch, Sacred Roll. Larger than this pop life: Pint-sized

High-heeled, Winged wonder, transcendent conduit made flesh. No
way will he be silenced by something as trivial as death.


That Skinny Motherf*cker
with the High Voice, Part 2

Paisley Prince, when we first met you rose into my dreams like purple smoke.

Lover, Mother, Sister, Brother
Genius, Gender-bender, Sexy-dancer, Soul-poet
Pilgrim, Saint, Sinner, Evangelist

Purple Prince, like paisley smoke you rose into my dreams when we first met.




Maura Alia Badji  ~




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