Patti Smith is a musician, writer, and performance artist. Patti rose to prominence in the 1970s for her influential work in the punk rock movement. She was known for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock music, and has been called “the punk poet laureate”.

Smith was born in 1946 in Chicago. By 1967, she was a mother and decided to move to Manhattan in New York City. There she met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe who had a major impact on her life. SHe would go on to Paris where she would do performance art before returning to New York. She eventually found her way to music and began performing in 1974.

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Publication Order of Poetry Collections

Seventh Heaven (1972)Description / Buy at
Witt (1973)Description / Buy at
Ha! Ha! Houdini (1977)Description / Buy at
Babel (1978)Description / Buy at
Woolgathering (1992)Description / Buy at
The Coral Sea (1996)Description / Buy at
Auguries of Innocence (2005)Description / Buy at
A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat (With: Arthur Rimbaud) (2011)Description / Buy at
Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015 (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Early Work, 1970-1979 (1994)Description / Buy at
Patti Smith Complete Lyrics, Reflections & Notes for the Future (1998)Description / Buy at
Strange Messenger (2003)Description / Buy at
Trois (2008)Description / Buy at
Just Kids (2010)Description / Buy at
M Train (2015)Description / Buy at
David Lynch: Someone is in My House (With: David Lynch,Stijn Huijts,Kristine McKenna,Petra Giloy-Hirtz) (2019)Description / Buy at
Year of the Monkey (2019)Description / Buy at
A Book of Days (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Why I Write Books

Devotion (2017)Description / Buy at
Inadvertent (By: Karl Ove Knausgård) (2018)Description / Buy at
For Now (By: Eileen Myles) (2020)Description / Buy at
The House of Being (By: Natasha Trethewey) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Robert Bresson(1999)Description / Buy at
Pen America: A Journal for Writers and Readers: 13 Lovers(2009)Description / Buy at

If You Like Patti Smith Books, You’ll Love…

Year of the Monkey is the story of one transformative year in the life of Patti Smith. She ends up on the coast of Santa Cruz when she decides to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Her travels take her from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm; to the hospital room where a friend and mentor is. The story also takes the reader to places both remembered and imagined, as Patti mixes fact and fiction with her trademark poetic mastery. Patti lets the reader into her world and shares her wisdom, wit, and hope for a better world.

M Train is another popular memoir from Smith. The prose shifts from dreams to reality, and past and present. This book also takes us into Patti’s own reflections of the writer’s craft and her thoughts on artistic creation. M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee; told in a way that only Patti Smith could tell. Patti herself calls this book a “roadmap to my life” and it fits as the book is both powerful and moving.

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