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"Devotion is short enough to devour at one enjoyable sitting and thought-provoking enough to deserve re-reading . . . It's a privilege to spend any time with Patti Smith, however brief."—Suzi Feay, Financial Times

"Smith, a contemplative writer of gratitude and reverence who names her muses in poems, memoirs, and songs, deepens her inquiry into the nature of inspiration in this slender, trenchant volume, the first in Yale's Why I Write series. . . . Gracefully improvisational, as always, Smith offers an unusually poetic, mystical, and transfixing perspective on the mystery of literary creation."—Donna Seaman, Booklist

"The lesson is obvious: that a writer draws on every detail of his or her life for the alchemical, often unconscious process of creation. But seeing the process in action is a profound experience. Smith’s writing in the essays is as beautifully structured as her poetry."—Publishers Weekly

“Smith is telling it her way, but also in the ancient way. It’s recognizable to readers for its mythic proportion, accessible to all kinds of people for its brevity and intensity—and yet, it’s still distinctly Patti Smith.”—Megan Volpert, PopMatters, 9/10 stars

"This is what is so astonishing about [Smith's] career and what motivates Devotion — the way that, as she has gotten older, Smith’s vision has expanded, framing her self-awareness not as self-absorption but rather a deep dive into everything, the exhilaration and the terror and the transcendence that we all share."—David Ulin, Barnes & Noble Review

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her recent book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. Smith was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith lives in New York City.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B071XD646J
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (September 12, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 12, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 12923 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 106 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has released twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred debut albums of all time by Rolling Stone.

Smith had her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and has been represented by the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978. Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, Wītt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence.

In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 1980, she married the musician Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.

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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2020
Patti Smith - the Bad Girl of Rock who became its High Priestess - has always been an accomplished writer , producing as many poems as songs , as many books as albums.

in Devotion she tries to answer the question : why do I write ?

and the answer is given in a single sentence . made up of only 5 words . its the last sentence of the book. so I wont give it away !

suffice to say I for one will be re-reading this book again + again coz of the writing . utterly enchanting : poetry as prose.

short , sharp sentences.

ideas often made beautifully concrete by carefully chosen images/photographs + depictions of events , characters , moods + feelings.

her Devotion is not just to writing but to the departed : her family , friends , lovers , dead Gods + dead Goddesses.

and here's the thing about any truly great writer . as well as being entertained wonderfully) U are also informed.

consider : It occurs to me that the young look beautiful as they sleep and the old , such as myself , look dead .
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