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Adulterers Anonymous

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Hardcover, 110 pages
Published August 19th 1993 by Grove Press (first published November 1982)
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Gavin Splatterbang
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brash, goth, poetry, colloquial
"MY HEART'S IN THE WRONG PLACE AND IT WANTS TO GO
HOME."

- Lydia Lunch

A collaborative effort set in two typefaces--helvetica to indicate the writing of Exene Cervenka; TIMES ROMAN, that of Lydia Lunch--this early 80s pastiche of punk seems spare upon cursory glance. Oftentimes more of a page's space isn't used than the amount that is. (Note: The Internet Archive now has a digitized copy available to view.)

Nevertheless, despite page lay-out and meager word count, over a decade later and still: so
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Emily
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2011
"EMOTIONAL INDIGESTION.
WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMIES AND WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT."
Lydia Lunch
Stacy Fetters
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"here is your reward
to hell you go, to hell you go
middle class bitch you were wrong all along"


Lydia and Exene are two of my favorite punk bitches. They say what they want and speak from the heart.
Everything is so deep and meaningful, with a lot of hate thrown in.

"You cut throat slut"
Matthew
One comes for proto-goth icon Lydia Lunch, but ends up staying for Exene Cervenka, whose deadpan free-verse monologues scamper across the page in giddy disillusion, like Ogden Nash after a Birthday Party concert.

"castro calls reagan hitler.
one mistake leads to another.
just like me and my mother."

... fewer lame puns would've been appreciated, though.
TracyMN
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"We are our own worst enemies, and we like it like that"

In 1984, I liked the ring of it, so I brought it along. Now it seems, every time I turn around, there it is.

Chris
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was pretty much exactly what I expected. I love both of these authors as artists, but the poems are not always amazing, and sometimes even come off as a little juvenile. They are as brash and ugly as the song lyrics these two have written over time, but what works well in a song doesn't sit as well on the page for me. Also, the few times when they seem to break in on each other's work, it seems more random than meaningful. Still, it's pretty fun to read through.
Crystal
Oct 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
If possible, I would give this book of poetry negative stars. I found it while meandering through my local used book store and took a chance. Sometimes things just don't work out in your favor. This book of poetry certainly didn't work out in my favor.
Fishface
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorites
Excellent book of poetry by legendary punk lyricist Exene Cervenka, who you'll remember from X, and an accomplice, Lydia Lunch. The poems were co-written and changes typefaces to show you who wrote which line. Oh, and the poetry is great. Don't miss this one.
Monica Lynn
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first book I picked up by her when I was 15, loved her ever since. I thought I was tough stuff with my riot grrl tees and zine contributions.
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Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actress.

In the mid-'80s, Lunch formed her own recording and publishing company called "Widowspeak" on which she continues to release a slew of her own material from songs to spoken word.

Later, she was identified by the Boston Phoenix as "one of the 10 most influential performers of the '90s", Lunch's solo career featured collab
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