Patti Smith, American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist.
Patti Smith won the National Book Award for Just Kids, an incredible autobiography. Her book inspired me to write this poem, which barely scratches the surface of her great influence on me. Here is one of Patti's early poems:
the sheep lady from algiers
I am lucky to get to see Patti Smith: Camera Solo this weekend. Whoa.
nodding tho' the lamps lit lownodding for passers undergroundto and fro she's darning andthe yarn is weeping red and palemarking the train stops from algiers
sleeping tho' the eyes are palehums in rhythum w/a bonnet onlullaby a broken songthe sifting-cloth is bleeding redweeping yarn from algiers
lullaby tho' baby's gonethe cradle rocks a barren songshe's rocking w/her ribbons onshe's rocking yarn and needles ohit's long coming from algiers
Why am I trying to do this, to give words to vision and beauty as epic as Patti Smith's? I give up. She can speak for herself.
Toads? Listen, look, read, write what comes. Can't wait to read what you write.