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Patti Smith

The Coral Sea (Paperback)

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This edition features a new introduction and new material by Smith.


W. W. Norton & Company
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Patti Smith
The Coral Sea
Publication Date
January, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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Speaking of her close ...

Speaking of her close companion Robert Mapplethorpe, in the book's preface Smith writes, "When he passed away [in 1989], I could not weep so I wrote. Then I took the pages and set them away. Here are those pages [published in 1996], my farewell to my friend, my adventure, my unfettered joy." Her elegy is a prose poem illustrated with photographs by Mapplethorpe. It's his life as an imaginary cruse to the southern hemisphere. Image after image is piled into a sensual collage of biographical details, his contradictions, and the passion of his art.

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This review refers to ...

This review refers to the audiobook. This is a live reading/ spoken word performance by Patti Smith of the poetry in her book The Coral Sea. The poems are about her friend, the artist, Robert Mapplethorpe and his illness and dying from AIDS. The poems tell the story of a dying man and his journey to see the southern cross. I have loved Patti Smiths music and poetry since the 70s. Smith reads these poems with such urgency. With an eerie background soundtrack by Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) on guitar and effects these poems are haunting. The first disc is better, more affecting, than the second disc. Recommended.

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I liked this. You know...

I liked this. You know how it goes... it's one thing to read a poem but another thing to read a whole book of poetry, and still another to read a book of free verse. This one definitely wanted reading as a whole, and fortunately it was a small thing and lent itself to doing so. It wasn't ground-breaking as far as the individual pieces were concerned, but very much all of a piece and held together nicely. Plus it's a very pretty little book, readable in a short sitting, and all its parts worked nicely.


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