The Coral Sea

The Coral Sea

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by Patti Smith
     
 

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In linked pieces Patti Smith tells the story of a man on a journey to see theSouthern Cross, who is reflecting on his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Metaphoric and dreamy, this tale of transformation arises from Smith's knowledge of Mapplethorpe as a young man and as a mature artist, his close relationship with his patron and friend, Sam

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In linked pieces Patti Smith tells the story of a man on a journey to see theSouthern Cross, who is reflecting on his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Metaphoric and dreamy, this tale of transformation arises from Smith's knowledge of Mapplethorpe as a young man and as a mature artist, his close relationship with his patron and friend, Sam Wagstaff, and his years surviving AIDS and his ascent into death. Rich in detail, it is filled with references to Mapplethorpe's work and shows the man beneath the persona. Set against photographs by Mapplethorpe, the work emerges as a hymn, a prayer, a fable wishing him Godspeed on his latest journey.

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William S. Burroughs
“Patti Smith (in the words of Tennessee Williams) 'rings the bell of pure poetry.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393039085
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.09(d)

Meet the Author

Patti Smith is a poet, performer, visual artist, and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids. She has twelve albums, has had numerous gallery shows, and continues to give concerts of her music and poetry. Her books include Early Work, The Coral Sea, Witt, Babel, Auguries of Innocence,
Woolgathering, Land 250, Trois, and many others. She lives in New York.

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