Auguries of Innocence is the first book of poetry from Patti Smith in more than a decade. It marks a major accomplishment from a poet and performer who has inscribed her vision of our world in powerful anthems, ballads, and lyrics. In this intimate and searing collection of poems, Smith joins in that great tradition of troubadours, journeymen, wordsmiths, and artists who respond to the world around them in fresh and original language. Her influences are eclectic and striking: Blake, Rimbaud, Picasso, Arbus, and Johnny Appleseed. Smith is an American original; her poems are oracles for our times.
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There are more polished books of poems by bandleaders (David Berman's Actual Air and Jeff Tweedy's Adult Head come to mind), but these poems allow access to a major artist's thoughts and preoccupations.Jun 27 2005 | Read Full Review of Auguries of Innocence: Poems
How so and why/sours the tiny bud.'' Token Topical Poem From ''Birds of Iraq'': ''Over the Tigris/the Euphrates/ helicopters/drop leaflets/for people to eat.'' Bottom Line While Auguries of Innocence outshines the verse of rocker Billy Corgan, Patti Smith's poetic language is only sometimes we...Nov 23 2005 | Read Full Review of Auguries of Innocence: Poems
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