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'This Thing Called Life'

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson


Patricia Biela

About the Poet

Patricia Biela is a native of Maryland and is a UVA grad with a BA in Psychology.

A first generation American, she is of Angolan and Haitian descent. Biela is a Cave Canem South Fellow and has participated in 18 writing workshops including Callaloo, Cave Canem South, How Writers Write Poetry—International Writing Program - The University of Iowa,  Hurston/Wright, Provincetown, and Dr. Tony Medina's Poetry Boot Camp.

Her poems appear in Barely South Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Caribbean Writer, Drumvoices Revue, and World Haiku Review among others.

She has a poem exhibited in Epiphany Salon and Spa, Washington, D.C. Biela has editing experience, and has written over 25 articles, some of which appear in Brainworld Magazine and Funds for WritersWriting Kid.

She is a third generation educator and teaches a recurring poetry workshop to retirees. Biela is honored to be in the Duke Young Writers' Camp teaching family.





Spring 2017 »

Prince Lays it on the Line
— A Love Cento

by Prince and Patricia Biela

Can I talk to you?
What have I got to lose?

U sho'nuf do be cookin' in my book
You know what I'm talking about?

Your body was designed 2 respond 2 mine
You want me just as much as I want you

I want to be your fantasy
An ocean of violets in bloom

If I gave you diamonds and pearls
Everything that money could buy

Put the right letters together and make a better day
Let’s go crazy

The room, the room, the room is spinnin' around
Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees

Purple rain, purple rain
Baby, baby, baby

I would die 4 u
So tonight we gonna (party like it's 1999)




Paticia Biela ~



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