Most people know rocker Alice Cooper for his 1972 hit “School’s Out.” But a photo in the most recent issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal seems to contradict his excitement about the end of learning. Photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald, a subscriber to the journal, caught this image of Cooper holding a copy of the journal last summer. Editor Cristanne Miller wrote about the image in her editor’s note for Issue 22.1, published this month.
Dickinson once wrote that “Spring is a happiness so beautiful, so unique, so unexpected, that I don’t know what to do with my heart” (L389). While we are still waiting for spring, here in Buffalo, we have had a lovely and unexpected surprise, leaving us all in smiles: namely, the discovery of a photograph portraying rock legend Alice Cooper as at least a sometimes-reader of the Emily Dickinson Journal.