Bear with me

By Hugh Roberts In Uncategorized

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25th November, 2006
Michael Jackson's latest collection of poetry is titled Dead Reckoning, a navigator's term for estimating one's location based upon extrapolations of distance and direction from one's last-known position. The eponymous poem cements the metaphor's connection to personal identity: I try to recall the currents, compass errors and storms that took me off course, asking whether, and for how long one's initial bearing lasts. It is not, perhaps, surprising that personal identity and the divagatory course we take to construct it should be on Jackson's ...

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