patti smith

a little over a month ago a friend of mine asked me to contribute a short piece on his blog. in recognition of national poetry month he was paying due to some of the wordsmiths who have left an impression on him and asked me to be a part of it.

as a fan of sammy younan’s perspective and writing talents i would like to offer him the same opportunity.

sammy, the floor is yours.


With the recent publication of Just Kids, Smith’s memoir has brought her dynamic contributions full circle.

A lost girl rummaging for a voice and a vision she discovered both in New York along with punk rock, a bevy of artists, a burgeoning art scene and causes she continues to empower. “People Have The Power.”

Though her authentic art offerings range from rock journalism to music to film and photography her greatest gift is easily permission. Go, be fruitful, create, draw…even if you can’t. Especially if you can’t. Follow your fancy; you won’t rue a romance with your muse. Discover your voice then figure out what you want to say with it.

We don’t require permission we just think we do. Smith’s voice is one clearly declaring yes, do, be…now. Inspiration is always present even when ideas are not. “Dream Of Life.”


Sammy is the Scarborough writer who has heeded Smith’s call; penning Red Letter Nights. Go here (URL: to check out Red Letter Nights and other adventures.


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