The New Jerusalem, the latest book by Patti Smith – poet, punk legend and author of the bestsellers Just Kids and M Train – is now available for order. A stunning long prose poem in the tradition of St. John and William Blake, The New Jerusalem presents a prophetic vision of art and humanity, faith and freedom; a vision of escape from the rituals of power and the mechanisms of social control.
Illustrated with colour photographs and art work by Patti Smith, this beautiful hardbound volume is a true collector’s item and will be irresistible to bibliophiles. With an introduction by Rob Riemen exploring the connection between art and spirituality in Patti Smith’s poem and in art more broadly, The New Jerusalem can serve as a reminder of the prophetic power of poetry and a guide to all who need it in these times of resistance.
The New Jerusalem was presented at the Nexus Symposium with Patti Smith ‘An Education in Counterculture’, 26 May 2018 in Amsterdam.
Bilingual English-Dutch, hardbound, illustrated colour edition
Translation Onno Kosters (The New Jerusalem), Liz Waters (introduction)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patti Smith is a singer and poet. As the ‘Godmother of Punk’, she protested against social conventions, mindless factory labour and the commercialised world with her powerful and controversial music. She grew up with the music of Bob Dylan, lived together with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and became a familiar face in the turbulent art scene of New York City. In 1974 Smith started performing with guitarist Lenny Kaye, forming the core of The Patti Smith Group. Her debut album Horses (1975) is considered to be one of the most influential albums in the history of rock music. With Bruce Springsteen she wrote Because the Night, her biggest hit. In addition to many albums, Smith also published poetry and books, including Just Kids (2010), her award-winning autobiography on life in New York in the seventies and her relation with Mapplethorpe.
Rob Riemen is the founder and president of the Nexus Institute, established in 1994. He has also been editor-in-chief of the journal Nexus since its creation in 1991. In Nexus, prominent and original thinkers and writers reflect on important contemporary issues in essays on art, culture, politics and society. Riemen is the author of Nobility of Spirit. A Forgotten Ideal (2008), on the ideals of European humanism, translated into eighteen languages, and To Fight Against this Age, with essays on the eternal return of fascism and on the European spirit.