Woolgathering by Patti Smith Online

Title : Woolgathering
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ISBN : 9780811219440
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 80

A great book about becoming an artist, Woolgathering tells of a youngster finding herself as she learns the noble vocation of woolgathering, “a worthy calling that seemed a good job for me.” She discovers—often at night, often in nature—the pleasures of rescuing “a fleeting thought.” Deeply moving, Wool- gathering calls up our own memories, as the child “glimpses and gleanA great book about becoming an artist, Woolgathering tells of a youngster finding herself as she learns the noble vocation of woolgathering, “a worthy calling that seemed a good job for me.” She discovers—often at night, often in nature—the pleasures of rescuing “a fleeting thought.” Deeply moving, Wool- gathering calls up our own memories, as the child “glimpses and gleans, piecing together a crazy quilt of truths.” Smith introduces us to her tribe, “a race of cloud dwellers,” and to the fierce, vital pleasures of cloud watching and stargazing and wandering.A radiant new autobiographical piece, “Two Worlds” (which was not in the original 1992 Hanuman edition of Woolgathering), and the author’s photographs and illustrations are also included. Woolgathering celebrates the sacred nature of creation with Smith’s beautiful style, acclaimed as “glorious” (NPR), “spellbinding” (Booklist), “rare and ferocious” (Salon), and “shockingly beautiful” (New York Magazine).

Woolgathering Reviews

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    I am not looking forward to this. Reviewing has become a compulsion of sorts, and this time it won't be fun. Let me soften the blow for myself with this preface: Patti. Oh, Patti. You are an inspirational, resplendent banshee of a human being, a punchy, lithe little poet, a galvanizing artist, and a generally kick-ass b*tch. For this reason, it is with knuckles in teeth that I make this statement: I thought your book was kinda trite. I didn't want to, really. I hope this isn't a deal-breaker, as [...]

  • Kristijan

    Ne mogu tačno da se setim koliko godina sam imao kada sam prvi put čuo pesmu "Because the night" ali se jasno sećam jula 2009. godine kada je Patti Smith sa glavne scene EXIT festivala počela da je peva. I sada kada pustim snimak sa Youtube-a prođu me žmarci i ne prestajem da se divim ovoj ženi kako je u tih nekoliko minuta, koliko traje pesma, uspela da svede gomilu emocija na predivan tekst pesme, praćen izvanrednom melodijom. Ima nešto neverovatno u Peti SmitČitanje "Sakupljanja vun [...]

  • Allyson

    This is a small beautiful book, one I would choose to own for frequent reads. Her inclusion of the Hanuman book concept is illustrative of it's predictive talismanic power. I would love to carry it around as a little "prayer" book. There is something in her words that resonates strongly, moves me, and I found the reading of this small volume completely soul quenching and calming. It is an early morning with birdsong and rain threatening which seems the perfect backdrop for a fall into her pages- [...]

  • Jeff Jackson

    Patti's early years in prose. Some startling images - bat wings crackling in a barn fire. Some wonderful reveries that start in listless cafes and drift into souks selling blood red stones. Stories about her infant sister's sickness, her great-grandmother's imperious non-regard, her dog's mysterious death. Also some commonplaces and generalizations that dilute the poetic intensity, but overall this is a very companionable book. Handsomely designed and interspersed with photos, too.

  • Deniz Balcı

    Patti Smith gençliğime fon müziği olmuş, rafımdaki en değerli albümden gördüğüm bazılarının sahibi, gerçekten değer verdiğim bir müzisyendir. Lise yıllarımda sabah okula 'Because the Night', 'People have the Power', 'Gone Again' gibi şarkıları söyleyerek girerken, akşam çıkışa değin ağzım kendini Alanis Morissette, Björk, Tori Amos gibi görece daha kişisel müzisyenlere bırakırdı. Çünkü uzun süreli münasebet esnasında yorardı beni Patti. Pj Harvey il [...]

  • Andrei Cioată

    Încă nu pot să cred cât de profundă a fost această carte. Cât de lirică. Cât de sensibilă și frumoasă. Doamne! Una dintre cele mai bune! :)

  • Barbara

    This new edition was published in 2011. It just came to my attention when knittingtastic, a UK person working in knitting technical editing, posted book on her Instagram feed. I immediately ordered it. As a knitter and Patti Smith fan, I was intrigued. While this book is mostly poems, it also included essays. My favorite essay was her story of her dog Bambi, her constant companion when she was young. It was sad, though not tragic.The cover "Shepherdess with Her Flock", a painting by Millet, may [...]

  • Özlem Güzelharcan

    Samimi metnin, güzel fotoğrafların, harikulade baskının ve Patti Smith'in hatrına iki yıldız

  • Christine

    This is an exquisite book. It's short enough to read in an hour or two and flows between prose and verse. Some excerpts:p16How wide the world is. How high. And the stuff of the mind - charged, poofs and scatters like seed and fluff. For such is the tooth of the lion. That it bares and bursts into wishes.p68The Lord gives us wingsHe gives us a stomachwe can fly or vomitturn ourselves into gloryturn upon the waterdraw a cup of bittersturn ourselves inside outand a sum of uswill flickerjust a bit o [...]

  • Patricia Kaiser

    Dieses Büchlein enthält Erinnerungen an Patti Smiths Kindheit, die interessant und sprachlich schön zu lesen sind. Nachdem ich erst diese Woche "M Train" gelesen habe, muss ich aber auch sagen, dass diese Sammlung kurzer Texte nicht mit ihrem Roman mithalten kann.

  • Idilik

    Ingilizce okusaydim belki 3'ten fazla alirdi ama turkce olmadi. Emeklerin ve guzel basimin hatrina 3 yildiz

  • Züleyha

    Asla rafa kaldıramayacağınız kitaplardan.

  • Camille

    Si vous n'avez pas encore vu le documentaire d'Agnès Varda (je crois) sur le glanage, c'est exactement ce que vous devriez faire ce week end ; de toutes façons il fait moche dehors. Et puis ça vous donnera envie de ramasser des betteraves et des pommes de terre biscornues sur le bord des routes, ou alors de fouiller les poubelles du supermarché d'en face, ou peut-être de suivre la démarche de Patti Smith dans Glaneurs de rêves, et d'écrire une petite collection de textes, fragments de so [...]

  • Joanka

    I'm not a specialist when it comes to poetry. I use a very simplified key to evaluate it for myself - if it moves me, I like it, if it doesn't, I forget about it the moment I finish the last line. The situation with poetic prose is very similar in my case. If I catch myself formulating thoughts (subconsciously) in a way the text of the book was written, if it plays again and again in my brain - I'm enchanted. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the tiny book by Patti Smith. There are a few [...]

  • Andrea Paterson

    I couldn't get into this book. While it was about childhood it lacked wonder somehow. The poetry slipped often into the world of dreams and I wanted to be overcome there by shimmering images, but it never happened. The idea of the Woolgatherers, small people collecting tufts of wool from the brambles in the dead of night, was alluring, but the idea didn't take flight. I think its possible that another person will love this book, but sadly I did not and was a bit disappointed.

  • Papatya ŞENOL

    "çoluk çocuk"u okuduktan sonra bir heves "hayalperestler"i almıştım; ancak büyük bir hayal kırıklığıyla karşılaştım. birbirinden kopuk bölümler patti'nin çocukluk anılarına odaklanıyor. şairane pasajlar içerse de bütün olarak "çok da gerek yokmuş" hissi uyandırıyor. güzel bir kapak ve çeşitli görsellerle çekici hale getirilmiş, o ayrı.

  • Mckinley

    Woolgathering contains some of the most poetic prose I've ever read. It's like a magic carpet ride through Smith's memories & impressionsa Van Gogh painted with words. If you do not have imagination , don't read it! I envy & admire the freedom with which Smith uses language . This read is magicue poetry ue art.

  • Aviendha

    Bir anı kitabı olarak, kurgusuz işleyiş ve birbirini tamamlamayan akışa sahip. Bir kaç anekdot dışında anlatımı etkileyici bulmadım.

  • Beyza

    Patti Smith'in uzun bir gecede gördüğü uzun bir rüyanın dökümü gibi. Karmaşık ama etkileyici.

  • Patricia

    Mostly lovely memory and fantasy yarn by Patti Smith, musician and poet. This was a Christmas gift from my daughter Rima, and a quick read at an opportune time.

  • Elenapetulia

    Questo libro e' l'eccezione che conferma la regola della perfezione di Patti Smith sia quando scrive sia quando canta.

  • Frederik

    Bonne introduction aux pensées poétiques et vivantes de Patti Smith, mais pas au même niveau des classiques modernes comme M-train et Just Kids.

  • Dominic DiCenzo

    Rather interesting.

  • Adam Shand

    Another random library discovery. Initially I was mostly curious if it was in fact "that Patti Smith", and yes, it is Patti Smith of punk music fame. A really beautiful collection of poetic stories mixed with matching photographs. Mostly from her childhood but some from her travels in India and France.She introduces the stories with: "Everything contained in this little book is true, and written just like it was. The writing of it drew me from my strange torpor and I hope that in some measure it [...]

  • Colleen O'Neill Conlan

    I read this little book in one sitting, on my ferry commute to work. I like this because it was written when she was living in Detroit with her husband and children, a retreat from public life and public work, but certainly not from her art (visual, poetic, musical, and otherwise). Yes, it's different from her music/lyric compositions, and it's different from the more straightforward-but still magical-memoir she wrote of her early artistic life with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids. This one has m [...]

  • Jaime (Twisting the Lens)

    The Patti Smith that we so often envision is the one of intensity and power, ranting relentlessly onstage. She is the Patti that is the embodiment of punk, and is busy serving up rebellion and telling ‘the man’ how it is. For more hardcore fans and followers, there is also a Patti that is the intelligent Baudelaire-quoting troubadour. She is the one that has seen so much and shares it all freely for others to learn.In Woolgathering, we are given a look into the creation and life of this powe [...]

  • Bruce

    Smith remembers her childhood and her childhood fantasies in New Jersey. One of those fantasies were of the people she could hear, but never see in an empty field she passed on long leisurely walks with her brother and sister. She thought of them as “the woolgatherers.” I believed they were there, the people. I could hear them, now and then, murmuring and whistling as if behind a wall of cotton. I could hear them, but I could never make out the language they were speaking nor the melodies th [...]

  • M. Sarki

    Patti Smith is a talent beyond measure. Woolgathering is obviously an early work but it is evident that she could write, that she certainly possessed rhythm, and she was seriously engaged in life and all it had to offer her. There are some chapters miles above others in their quality, but the book as a whole did read as a prose poem and I found it more personal than artistic. Deserving of only three stars in respect to literary technique, I instead gave this book the instructive four because "I [...]

  • Ullalin

    Ihastuttava pieni kirja. Helmi.

  • Toolshed

    I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this. It's compact, it's dreamy, it's sketchy (just as one would expect memories of childhood to be) and yet Smith managed to imbue the whole book with a poetic quality which is entirely her own. Innocent, almost naive reminiscences about childhood alternate with dreamlike excursions into the mind space of a young girl striving to find something more in life. Dripping with emotion.