I type this with astounded, happy tears in my eyes. I never expected to see legendary, iconic Poet/Punk Singer Patti Smith in person. But she was just announced as one of the presenters at the WV Music Hall of Fame on February 10, 2018 at the WV Culture Center. Smith will induct Fred “Sonic” Smith into the WVMHOF. The other inductees are Hasil Adkins, Ann Magnuson, Frank Hutchison, The Morris Brothers, and Michael W. Smith.
“My uncle is skinning peaches for cobbler because I stink
like city, he says, like iron and exhaust and a girl should know
the taste of something with the sun still inside it, because when I leave
this house and go back to my mama and she breathes me in
he wants me to smell like she used to, like dirt….”
Read the entire poem at Rattle.