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'This Thing Called Life'

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson


Joseph Millar

About the Poet

Joseph Millar is the author of four books of poems: Kingdom (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017); Blue Rust (Carnegie Mellon, 2011); Fortune (Eastern Washington University Press, 2007), and Overtime (Carnegie Mellon, 2001, finalist for the Oregon Book Award.)

Millar is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA and lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, the poet Dorianne Laux.



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APRIL 21, 2016
by Joseph Millar

Nobody knows where Prince has gone
leaving behind his electric guitars,
not to mention his keyboard
and not to mention his fancy cars.
He abandoned his high heels and lipstick,
his rouge and eye shadow, satin cape,
he stepped offstage into the wings,
and made good his final, secret escape

and though the rooster crows by the fence
in the courtyard of the sun
and the mourning doves roost
in the hedge-maple tree
making their low
anonymous moan
Prince has entered the gates of death
and he didn’t turn around.
Maybe he was thinking of purple rain
or listening to laughter
on the distant waves
and trying to invent a new sound.



Joseph Millar ~



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