A Pint of Beer, Bean Sprouts, and Wide-Hipped Women: Take the Details Celebrity Poetry Quiz!

One of the great things about being a famous person is that your fans will devour and worship your every utterance. Over the past few years this has fostered a glorious boomlet in Celebrity Poetry.

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One of the great things about being a famous person is that your fans will devour and worship your every utterance. Over the past few years this has fostered a glorious boomlet in Celebrity Poetry, a much-maligned and misunderstood American literary genre that's enjoying a bit of extra attention right now, thanks to the rediscovered cosmic versifications of Michael Jackson. (Alas, yes, 'twas the late King of Pop who composed sweetly sublime lines such as "Planet Earth, my home, my place/ A capricious anomaly in the sea of space.") Lyrical musings have put MJ in the company of poetic luminaries like Leonard Cohen, Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Corgan, Jewel, Mr. Spock, and Suzanne Somers. But how well, dear scholar, do you really know their work? Here at Details we've put together a little mix-and-match quiz to find out. See if you can link the verses to the famous poet who summoned them up. Leave your guesses in the comments, or email them to detailsletters@condenast.com—answers will be posted on Friday.

—Jeff Gordinier and Ian Daly

Poets:

(a) Michael Jackson

(b) Russell Crowe

(c) Jewel

(d) Billy Corgan

(e) Leonard Nimoy

(f) Rosie O'Donnell

(g) Suzanne Somers

(h) Leonard Cohen

(i) William Butler Yeats

(1)

no matter where you stand

you stand here with me

missing simple times

mixing blood with rose oil

(2)

Thank you

For your sensitive

understanding

Thank you

For Your

Love

(3)

O darling (as we used to say)

you are wide-hipped and kind

I'm glad we got over the wall

of that loathsome Zen monastery

(4)

Organic girl dropped by last night

For nothing in particular

Except to tell me again how beautiful and serene she feels

On uncooked vegetables and wheat germ fortified by bean sprouts—

(5)

I am celebrating my love for you with a pint of beer and a new tattoo.

Imagine there's no heaven.

(6)

Women who suck

their cigarettes

as though they were

giving their

hatred head

(7)

Whence did all that fury come?

From empty tomb or Virgin womb?

Saint Joseph thought the world would melt

But liked the way his finger smelt.

(8)

slept with a guy named kevin

on the red eye

i 2A—he 2B

i worried about snoring

as i am told i do

(9)

He knew his power was the power of God

He was so sure, they considered him odd

This power of innocence, of compassion, of light

Threatened the priests and created a fight

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