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The Coral Sea

By Patti Smith

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Format: Paperback, 93 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 07 February 2012
Through the linked pieces of The Coral Sea, Patti Smith honors her comrade-in-arms Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). She tells the story of a man on an ocean journey to see the Southern Cross, who is reflecting on his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Metaphoric and dreamy, this tale of transformation arises from Smith's knowledge of Mapplethorpe from a young man to a mature artist; his close relationship with patron and friend, Sam Wagstaff; his years surviving AIDS; and his ascent into death. The Coral Sea is Smith's lyrically compelling recasting of her grief to recapture Mapplethorpe's life in the past and his future in his art. Rich in evocative details, it shows the man beneath the persona. This edition features a new introduction and new material by Smith.

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Patti Smith is a poet, performer, visual artist, and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids. She has twelve albums, has had numerous gallery shows, and continues to give concerts of her music and poetry. Her books include Early Work, The Coral Sea, Witt, Babel, Auguries of Innocence, Woolgathering, Land 250, Trois, and many others. She lives in New York.

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Patti Smith (in the words of Tennessee Williams) 'rings the bell of pure poetry. --William S. Burroughs"

EAN: 9780393341355
ISBN: 0393341356
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Dimensions: 18.29 x 13.97 x 1.02 centimetres (0.02 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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