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Auguries of Innocence

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Auguries of Innocence

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Patti Smith
publisher:
Ecco Press
genre:
Nonfiction, Poetry

We gave it a B-

The singer-songwriter’s first collection since 1979 is both elusive and allusive (shout-outs to Rimbaud and Picasso). Sample Verse ”Her head droops, a capricious rose/crushed by gravity. 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 wedded to a consistent image or theme.

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