The new Michael Jackson album This It It, a 20-track, two-CD set accompanying the release of the movie of the same name, features one of his poems, "Planet Earth."
His poetry is a call to environmental awareness, according to James Bearden, the music supervisor of Jackson's This Is It tour, who told MTV about the singer's theme:
"[Jackson] wanted the world to know this may be it when it came to seeing him tour, and if we don't start paying attention to the world, it will be it for the Earth too."
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Critical reaction to Jackson's prose has been mixed, but generally positive.
It has been called everything from "unsophisticated but poignant" (Globe and Mail) to "hokey at times, but there is a childlike quality that emerges after a few listens" (New York Post) to "vapid" (Toronto Star) and "consider yourself warned" (Time).
Follow the jump to read Michael Jackson's poetry in its entirety: