80–90–92 (a poem)

Today’s prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano is to write a poem about a decade. I never quite succumbed to the neon checkerboard or the twice-teased hair The music was as far as I could go Even then, I travelled just off the beaten bath towards Japan and the bush of ghosts with [...]

Flashback: 1987 (Part 1)

Prince – “Sign “☮” the Times”* Paisley Park 0-20648 (12-inch single) 1987 U2 – The Joshua Tree Island 7 90581-2 (CD) 1987 Amidst all the anxiety and pathos swirling around inside my head, these two records were released. Prince's new single, "Sign “☮” the Times", came out in February (the album of the same name wouldn't hit the shops until the end [...]

The Best Prince Album? Discuss…

Prince's 1990 album, Music from Graffiti Bridge, typically gets mixed reviews. Even otherwise positive reviews will dismiss it as "one of his weaker albums," "not Prince's strongest work…", "uneven", "a mixed bag", and so on. (All quoted phrases from reviews on Amazon's page for the album.) I suspect that much of this tepid response to [...]