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Michael Jackson a Poetry Lover?

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Not sure if this is the work of some Jackson family-hired spin-doctor cum hagiographer, but here from Carolyn Kellog in the L.A. Times:

 "When news broke in early 2009 of Michael Jackson’s return to Los Angeles, it was not via reports of him being spotted dining at the Ivy or dancing at the hottest new Hollywood club but book-shopping in Santa Monica.
"He was a longtime and valued customer," a store representative of art and architecture bookstore Hennessey + Ingalls said Thursday. "We’ll miss him."
"If Jackson’s bookstore appearance surprised his pop fans, it was nothing new for booksellers. A few years ago, Doug Dutton, proprietor of then-popular Dutton’s Books in Brentwood, was at a dinner with people from Book Soup, Skylight and other area bookstores.

"Someone mentioned that Michael Jackson had been in their store," Dutton said by phone Thursday, "And everybody said he’d shopped in their store too…He loved the poetry section," Dave Dutton said as Dirk chimed in that Ralph Waldo Emerson was Jackson’s favorite. "I think you would find a great deal of the transcendental, all-accepting philosophy in his lyrics."

…I’ll play along for now with this account of how Emerson dealt with death, from Stephen Barnes (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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One Response to “Michael Jackson a Poetry Lover?”

  1. Doreen Ambrose-Van Lee Says:

    I am not shocked that MJ loved poetry. He was much a poet as he was a performer.

    Gloved One, Loved One (For Michael Joseph Jackson) My heart is heavy, as I watch news footage of you gliding across the stage and gyrating your pelvis, At this moment in time this is bigger than the Duke, man, this is bigger than Elvis! Though you made your living with words, today there are no words to express the way the world feels, Right now there is no need to go into your discography because it encompasses valleys and hills. But where do I begin, should I start with your amazing solo career or should I start with the Jackson 5, When you were just a cute little boy, On stage you were talented and outgoing, Yet off stage you were introspective and coy, In the 70′s, you put the world into a trance with your af’ro and bell bottomed jeans as you did the robot, Michael, you had everyone at your feet because when you danced and sang you gave all that you got! Nat King Cole was a merry ole soul as he sat perched up against mama’s old wooden phonograph next to the Jackson’s Destiny album, Lord, have mercy you all grew up to be mature, sexy and handsome! I am old school and I remember coming home from school putting on your album, These were the days before CD¹s, MP3 players, Limewire and IPODS, Goodness, listening to your music was heaven sent directly from God. You were a great admirer of the legendary James Brown, It warmed my heart to see you at an award show holding his crown. You ruled the 80′s with a glittering iron glove, Moon walking into the hearts of millions Moving as gracefully and as freely as a dove. Newborns coming into the world already know your name, Ailing grandparents in their last days know the same. You were Gary’s finest but the world dubbed you the’Gloved One.’ Michael, your legacy is HIStory, DESTINY, OFF THE WALL, TRIUMPH, VICTORY, INVINCIBLE, BAD and most definitely a THRILLER. You are the King of Pop the ‘Man In The Mirror!¹ You ‘rocked our world’ for over 40 years. You gave us such memorable songs as Who¹s Lovin You, Gotta Be There, Heart Break Hotel, Butterflies, PYT, Billie Jean, Earth Song, Can You Feel It, Working Day And Night, The Girl Is Mine, Say, Say, Say, and ‘We Remember The Time¹ you told us that ‘We Are The World¹ And to ‘Ease on Down The Road.’ You sold out football field stadiums and integrated MTV music videos! Back in the day we wore your buttons and donned white socks and penny loafers, Now here we stand today in shock and sadness but we know your pain is over. Michael, we miss you and though you said ³Heaven Can Wait¹, You Are Not Alone, and and ‘Human Nature’ is the reason that ‘I Just Can¹t Stop Loving Love You’. You were a great humanitarian a sensitive human being Who came to earth and completed your journey now you will have eternal rest, The world loves you Å’Gloved One¹ but the Lord truly knows best. We ‘Never Can Say Goodbye¹ to you ‘Lovely One.’ WE LOVE YOU, MJ.

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