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Woolgathering Hardcover – November 28, 2011
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Patti Smith writes with such grace and honesty from her most sacred interior landscapes that each of the memories she shares with us in WOOLGATHERING is a nugget of pure gold, mined from the substratum of her personal truth.
I have always loved Patti Smith's music, ever since I first heard Horses when I myself was a young Bohemian in the mid-seventies. The music was great but her lyrics... well, they took my breath away. Those songs were so powerful and so liberating to me that I soon became a great admirer of all of Patti Smith's writing as well.
And here I am now, a sixty year old lady in Florida, still dancing with wild abandon to the pulsating rhythms of Patti's language and music, still being carried away by the sound of her dreams and her meditations.
One doesn't have to listen to Patti's band or any of her albums to hear the music of Patti's soul. No. Just pick up this small, beautiful book and begin reading. Read it aloud to yourself as I like to do and I promise you that you will hear Patti's prose sing to you. Patti Smith's prose is her instrument of poetry, her instrument of vision.
In WOOLGATHERING the vision of Patti Smith is a lyrical celebration of coming into fullness and its "clear, unspeakable joy." Patti hopes that this little book "will fill the reader with a vague and curious joy." I can confirm that this reader has not only been filled with that vague and curious joy, my consciousness has blossomed with it!
In Woolgathering, we are given a look into the creation and life of this powerhouse that delivers a glimpse of fragility and reflection. First published nearly twenty years ago, just after her 45th birthday, Woolgathering went largely unnoticed. This remastered edition supplies extended content and photos from the early life of Patti Smith, along with a further look into the icon herself.
With intertwining stories from her childhood, those from her early twenties, and the reflection back on them, we are transported into a life that could be anyone's. Smith takes the magic and unawareness that it is to be a child, and draws us into a world that is almost magical, but almost tattered at the same time, managing to write about her childhood experiences without filling in the gaps of knowledge with what she has learned as an adult. She then drifts into the mind of what it is to be in your twenties and think that the world is yours, and that every word, every decision, carries such a heavy importance with it. Flowing easily from the unawareness of childhood, to the self-absorption of young-adulthood, to the self-reflection of later life, Woolgathering is a dreamy, yet honest autobiography.
There is a quiet intensity that pulls one through the pages of this book that cannot be fully described or credited.Read more ›
It makes no difference that almost 25 years has past since Smith spent some time gathering the wool of her memories and imagination and translated them into ink on paper.
Don't expect Just Kids, don't expect Babel; have no expectations, and just relax and read as if sky-gazing as clouds pass overhead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered the hard cover edition, which is a skinny little, beautiful book. It can be read in small, delicious bites.Published 4 months ago by ForTheLoveOfReading
I love everything Patti Smith writes about. This is a beautiful book her fans will love.
Thanks for sending it quickly and in great condition.
This is a beautiful, magical little book. Patti Smith is such a fantastic writer. This book is very small. I read it within the hour. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katherine Joyce
Cannot begin to describe the eloquence of Patti Smith. Loved this book as well THE CORAL SEA and most especially JUST KIDSPublished 16 months ago by Calissa Klosty