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'This Thing Called Life'

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson


Aimee Mackovic

About the Poet

Aimee Mackovic is a poet and professor currently living in Austin, Texas.

She is the author of three chapbooks: Dearly Beloved: The Prince Poems (CreateSpace, 2016), Potpourri (CreateSpace, 2015), and A Sentenced Woman (Finishing Line Press, 2007).

She had the crazy fortune to be at Prince’s final concert on April 14, 2016.

Her website is


Spring 2017 »

April 21, 2016
by Aimee Mackovic


that day a chasm rips through like your electric riffs

that carve me open every time, haunting
.........more thoroughly

than any ghost. you can hardly blame heart for its fatal lurch

into those eyes of yours
.........that smoke me out

all my devil, all my angel
.........baptize broken me whole again

with truths my bones moan. scientists say
.........the stars we wish upon

take so long to appear clear to us
.........that they've died out long ago.

what we see is not the star, but an image
.........of the star as it was

while it was burning itself alive. how strange live under a false sky. I think you

were never here. I think you never left.
.........chasm, space between, fire, oxygen



Purple Vesper
.........~ “I’ll celebrate the day I die.” Prince

Paisley Park. 10:07am.

death: architect
of freedom. weeps kiss the world
spectacularly ecstatic.

soul blend, runaway, jazz living,
romance the opening. transformation.

heavy darling, lead the moon
and battle beautiful.

You: triumphal masterpiece.



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