Legendary punk singer will read odes that ‘spoke to her’ as a child, as well as performing Allen Ginsberg’s work at EdinburghShe was the dark queen of New York’s punk performance scene, who lived with Robert Mapplethorpe, hung out with William Burroughs and was chatted up by Allen Ginsberg — who mistook her for a boy.But Patti Smith has disclosed an unexpected enthusiasm for the children’s poems of Robert Louis Stevenson: verses such as The Land of Nod , My Bed Is a Boat and Whole Duty of Children.”I can’t imagine my childhood without him. His poems were my companions, my friends,” she said. The singer, songwriter, poet and artist recalled her early days as a “very sickly child”.”I had pneumonia, I contracted TB, scarlet fever, every childhood disease. And my two favourite books were [William Blake’s] Songs of Innocence and Experience, and Stevenson’s poems .”A Bed in Summer the Land of Nod: all of these poems I read over and over as a child. They spoke to me. Robert Louis Stevenson was also a sickly child who knew what it was like to hear other children playing outside his window.”Not only that, but the dreamscapes that we get into …read more

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