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By Patti Smith

Auguries of Innocence is the 1st booklet of poetry from Patti Smith in additional than a decade. It marks a big accomplishment from a poet and performer who has inscribed her imaginative and prescient of our international in robust anthems, ballads, and lyrics. during this intimate and searing choice of poems, Smith joins in that fab culture of troubadours, journeymen, wordsmiths, and artists who reply to the realm round them in clean and unique language. Her impacts are eclectic and remarkable: Blake, Rimbaud, Picasso, Arbus, and Johnny Appleseed. Smith is an American unique; her poems are oracles for our occasions.

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