Art to Choke Hearts
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Art to Choke Hearts

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Selected poetry and prose from 1986.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published 1989 by 2.13.61 Publications
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First of all - I love Henry Rollins. Always have. I loved Black Flag, The Henry Rollins Band, and all of Henry's spoken word material both live and on CD. But as far as his books go?--waste of time. Maybe he likes his own work and thinks we all will?--I'm not sure. But he definitely lost me with this book because it's just garbage. I even attempted another book just in case I thought it was just one lemon. But no. Rollins just is a bad writer for the literary consumers. He gets his point across...more
Bought this from Henry himself in 1986 I think. Evil evil dark poetry and general ramblings. Back then I thought he would kill a man just to sink his teeth into their neck and taste some salty blood. Now I know better, he's intense but also has a lighter side. You won't find that lighter side in this collection.
I think a lot of this was included in the "Portable Rollins" collection that initially turned me off his writing some years ago. Just too repetitive, especially with the overuse of the words "annihilation" and "incineration."
I've decided to put this one down for awhile. A lot of Rollins' earlier writings are kind of dark and emotional. I'm not in the right frame of mind to read this in its entirety right now.
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Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield; often referred to simply as Rollins) is an American singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, author, actor and publisher.

After joining the short-lived Washington, D.C. band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the Californian hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins soon established the record label and...more
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“Florida Highway, 1986. Lonely slum. I passed through on low wheels. It was hot outside. Shacks, gas stations that didn't work, dead corn in fields, children on the road, retarded and dulled by the heat. Two girls waved as I passed.” 4 likes
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