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Very different from "Just Kids"; depends on what you desire
on March 12, 2011
I loved "Just Kids" and see "The Coral Sea" as a warm-up exercise for it, but then again, I prefer straight-ahead memoir to opaque poetic musings.
Here's a sample: "He regarded, with irony, his feverish wand. Vegetation papered his cabin--a tomb of moss and fern. Great fish leapt and became trophies in his hand and the stag advanced and licked his palm. // How should I be charged, he whispered. For want of so much bounty. For rearranging eyes. For being one who wished nothing less than to embrace the spine of a mountain as the light played on."
If, like me, you wanted a little more after finishing "Just Kids," it's here, but not anecdotes and insights into Robert Mapplethorpe, unless you're a better decoder than I. If, on the other hand, you became intrigued with the mythic figure of poet Patti Smith, the one who venerated Gregory Corso's "The Happy Birthday of Death," you'll find this book tantalizing and luscious.