Item #6102 [Patti Smith’s first poetry reading] Gerard Malanga and Patti Smith Reading at St. Marks Church on the Bowery. Patti Smith, Gerard Malanga, photo Judy Linn.

[Patti Smith’s first poetry reading] Gerard Malanga and Patti Smith Reading at St. Marks Church on the Bowery

New York: [Poetry Project], 1971. Offset. 11 x 8 1⁄2 in, framed to 20 x 16 in. Lines from folding into quarters; else near ne. Item #6102

A flyer for Patti Smith’s first poetry reading, opening for Gerard Malanga at the Poetry Project. The yer features a charming portrait by Judy Linn of a coy Malanga and cheerful Smith posed together on the street.

Smith writes of the reading in Just Kids: “It was a night of nights. Gerard Malanga was a charismatic poet-performance artist and drew much of the creme of the Warhol world, everyone from Lou Reed to Rene Ricard to Brigid Berlin to Andy himself. Poets like John Giorno, Joe Brainard, Annie Powell, and Bernadette Mayer. Anne Waldman introduced us. I was totally wired. I dedicated the evening to criminals from Cain to Genet.”.

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