If you hate MJ - say it here! And why ...


Postby RonPrice » Jun 26, 2009 4:32 am

I do not hate Jackson, but I have an interest in another Michael Jackson who edited a book of interest to me in the field of anthropology.-Ron Price, Tasmania

My poetry describes a lifeworld, a domain of the everyday, an immediate social existence, a practical activity, with all its habituality, its crises, its vernacular and idiomatic character, its autobiographical peculiarities, its decisive events and indecisive strategies. It describes beliefs and what happens to them when invoked, activated, put to work and realized in daily life. It describes how people, especially me, experience time, space and everyday reality. You could call my poetry a type of phenomenological autobiography. -Ron Price with thanks to Michael Jackson, editor, Things As They Are: New Directions in Phenomenological Anthropology, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1996, pp.7-8. (This is not the Michael Jackson who authored, with Sharon Lucas, the book Great Beer Guide: The World's 500 Best Beers, D.K. Publishing, Inc., 2000); nor is it the Michael jackson who died today, 26 June 2009).

It all goes by so many names,
names known only to a few
who live amidst certain kinds
of books. Sartre called this
everydayness our 'situation',
Wittgenstein our 'environment
of a way of acting', Habermas
our 'field of intersubjective
communication'. Others, many
others: our local moral worlds,
worlds experienced, primary...
experience, our immediacy.....

This poetry is an instrumentality,
a way of knowing the gritty........
the obscure drama of this every..
dayness, a way of saying that this
great lived complexity cannot be
possessed, controlled, captured or
pinned down only awakened to a
transitory brightness1 by some, any
inconstant wind, some invisible
influence, some root and blossom
of thought, my thought, thought that
tries to live on its own and tell of its
happiest moments, its tragedy, its vast
tracks of quotidian simplicities and its
journey from the abode of dust to the...
heavenly homeland2.....yes, that’s it!!

1 Shelley, A Defence of Poetry.
2 Baha'u'llah, Seven Valleys, USA, 1952, p.4.

Ron Price
married for 42 years, a teacher for 35 and a Baha'i for 50
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