The Coral Sea by Patti SmithThe Coral Sea by Patti Smith

The Coral Sea

byPatti Smith

Paperback | January 24, 2012

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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.
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, ...
Title:The Coral SeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.33 × 5.52 × 0.32 inPublished:January 24, 2012Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393341356

ISBN - 13:9780393341355


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Have read this multiple times and never tire of it. It is a testament of her love/admiration of Robert. I also recommend reading her memoir 'Just Kids' (you'll understand more about the context of the poems).
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from highly recommend yet another work of art from patti smith. I have enjoyed all of her books so far and I highly recommend this one
Date published: 2017-02-23