Poems are like Prayers
“I left religion when I was twelve, but I never left praying. Many poems have stayed with me in my life and a lot of them were like little prayers.” In this video Patti Smith explains how poetry can be a means for staying in contact with a higher energy.
Patti Smith (b. 1946) was brought up with prayer as an important part of her life. In this interview she says: “You can pray anywhere, there are beautiful cathedrals and churches everywhere - or at the sea, or in a field, or falling asleep at night. It’s a way of staying in contact, sometimes just with yourself, sometimes with a higher energy and sometimes with our loved ones. And prayer to me is just a natural part of being.” She also talks about Arthur Rimbaud and how important she considers his poetry.
Patti Smith was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in August 2012.
Edited by: Honey Biba Beckerlee
Produced by: Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013
Supported by Nordea-fonden