The singer-songwriter's first collection since 1979 is both elusive and allusive (shout-outs to Rimbaud and Picasso). Sample Verse ''Her head droops, a capricious rose/crushed by gravity. How so and why/sours the tiny bud.'' Token Topical Poem From ''Birds of Iraq'': ''Over the Tigris/the Euphrates/ helicopters/drop leaflets/for people to eat.'' Bottom Line While Auguries of Innocence outshines the verse of rocker Billy Corgan, Patti Smith's poetic language is only sometimes wedded to a consistent image or theme.