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In this small, luminous memoir, the National Book Award-winner Patti Smith revisits the most sacred experiences of her early years, with truths so vivid they border on the surreal. The author entwines her childhood self and its 'clear, unspeakable joy' with memories both real and envisioned from her twenties on New York's MacDougal Street, the street of cafes. Woolgathering was completed in Michigan, on Patti Smith's 45th birthday and originally published in a slim volume from Raymond Foye's Hanuman Books. Twenty years later, Bloomsbury is proud to present it in a much augmented edition, featuring writing that was omitted from the book's first printing, along with new photographs and illustrations.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2012.
ISBN: 9781408832301
Branch Call Number: 781.66 SMI
Characteristics: xii, 80 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm


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The ending is full of hope, the beginning intriguing, and the middle bits mysterious. Because I'm not a poet I could only follow her words so far at times and while I was reading I watched the words fly off the page without me. Loved the chapter "Indian Rubies" and this beautiful paragraph: ..."It [ruby] frightened and inspired, and I kept it in my sack, a waxed yellow packet the size and shape of a razor blade. I'd stop and take it out and look at it. I did this so often it was no longer necessary to see what I was looking at. And because of that I can not say for certain when it disappeared."...

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