Patti smith opens devotion with a riff on inspiration which she invokes as the unforeseen quantity the muse that assails at the hidden hour yes the unforeseen quantity although we might refer to it as the unforeseen quality as well. Patti smith latest publication devotion is a deceptively simple volume containing a short story bookended by accounts of her travels and experiences surrounding the writing of the short story the short story itself is fine and demonstrates just how far smiths command of this kind of prose writing has developed since her first tentative . Devotion is short enough to devour at one enjoyable sitting and thought provoking enough to deserve re reading its a privilege to spend any time with patti smith however brief suzi feay financial times. Devotion by patti smith was the 2016 windham campbell lecture at yale university smith a singer writer and photographer wrote m train and just kids and several volumes of poetry. Patti smith occupies a singular place in our culture downtown rocker and street poet turned memoirist and high priestess of cool her latest book devotion is a slim meditation on the
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