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Poetry: Aaron Belz


Dearly Beloved

Editor's Note: Prince Rogers Nelson died yesterday, April 21, 2016. Here is an elegy for him by Aaron Belz, who lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Belz is the author of three books of poetry: The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX), Lovely, Raspberry (Persea), and Glitter Bomb (Persea).

If any rocker could return
from the beyond, you could,

sweet Prince, crossing
the Styx on that odd symbol

you invented, its wake
an ocean of violets in bloom,

but I imagine you’ll be fine
dazzling the underworld

with neon purple lasers neither
evil nor divine, your fingers

screaming higher and higher
to the sky, to Persephone’s

delight—her great delight,
so she would take you

to her castle, and you just
wouldn’t believe your eyes.

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