"A sacred peep show"

was how Patti Smith, the influential punk poet and musician of the 1970's, described a 1972 Rolling Stones concert. Her performance on Thursday night at Central Park Summerstage was similar. As she stumbled and found her way again through her poems and songs she mesmerized an audience of around 9,000, "I shall not return because I was never gone". Ms. Smith came on stage carrying her recently published poetry collection, "Early Work: 1970-1979."

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