Auguries of Innocence
  • Auguries of Innocence


    Patti Smith.


    New York: Ecco, 2005. Octavo. Off-white boards in an unclipped grey pictorial dust wrapper with traces of rubbing at the corners of the folds, else pristine, as is the book. 61 pages. First edition. Fine.


    Poems. 26 of them, printed five years prior to her Just Kids revival. Some people like to think of her as an erudite punk rocker, but to us, first and foremost, she's a Blakean. Her albums and memoirs get all the attention, but her poetry is also worth a strong and tender look. Patti, wherever you are, please come visit us sometime. Anything by Rimbaud or Blake is on the house. Machine gun poet and friend of the local used bookstore.


    "I saw the book upon the shelf

    I saw you who was myself

    I saw the empty sack at last

    I saw the branch your shadow cast"