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Cottonmouth Kisses

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  17 reviews
With wicked sarcasm and brilliant agility, Catalyst shreds the surface of all his many subjects—gay relationships, backwater adolescence, and spiraling addiction—and ignites a bonfire of personal honesty. Whether he's writing about a chance sexual encounter at a Goth club or revealing the inner thoughts of young hustlers, Catalyst grinds platitudes into toxic dust with a v ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Manic D Press, Inc. (first published 2000)
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Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This book means a lot to me. The stories are so visual, so graphic, it's like your there. I especially love the poetry. Clint's ability to compose poetry is simply masterly. Inky Bloater is one of my favorite little pieces from this book, it's just so dark and potent. I loved all of the book itself, it's all self-medicated glory made literature. I can't gush enough over this book. Really THEE favorite book I own. I think I've read it at least 19 times. Not to mention I happen to proudly wear the
S Cearley
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cottonmouth Kisses is a collection of mostly poetry, with some poesy and short stories scattered throughout. It is not an easy read, for it will show you ugliness and take you out of your expected comfort zone. Yet while you read, you'll realize that what you thought you were comfortable with is a much more boundaryless place. Clint Catalysts' writing shows that the beauty and happiness is connected not only to what you've always found beautiful and serene, but to the harsh brutalities you didn' ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm currently still reading this amazing piece of work, but so far I'm utterly speechless with excitement (If that makes sense)! With each page it gets better and better!! I want more! I can't wait to finish "Cottonmouth Kisses" ... then move on to another amazing find of yours!!

.... by the way, I finished the book! This is 100% most definitely my favorite book of all time! Words can't describe it!
Mar 14, 2012 added it
I happened to stumble upon this book while looking for something new & interesting to waste my time with, and what I discovered was my favorite author. This entire collection of short stories and poetry had me captured from the first line of the first page, and leaving me asking just what other little snacks for my brain Clint Catalyst has to offer. I recommend this book to all of my friends.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Catalyst really hits the mark with this collection of goth-tinged debauchery - and a fine reminder that the English language still lives.

My one complaint: I WANT MORE. A writer of this calibur shouldn't just tease us with the occasional short story! Why is this his only solo book?
Joy Yamada
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every time I dust this tome off and give it another read-through, I find new impact. Catalyst's ability to capture the darkest lows becomes an unexpected form of beauty. ...more
James Busuttil
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A close and personal account of an alternative lifestyle delivered with graphic visuals and insightful anecdotes. Using a blend of symbolic poetry and narrative, it is ultimately showcasing the beauty of self-destruction.
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
A splendid tale about one young man's sordid misadventures on the druggier side of gothdom. ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, own-and-read
I enjoyed his poetry and stories, very much so, but it quickly turned into a memoir of a "junky". As I have lost many friends to drugs, I really hate the desolate feeling that comes along with peeking into the brain of an addict who has hit rock bottom and will do anything for the next score.
There is nothing delightful about this book, but there is something very intriguing that makes you flip the pages at turbo speed, it is Raw, and painful, and the brutal truth without any speck sugar coating
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I've been looking for this book for years and finally got it as a birthday present. I hadn't realized it had so much poetry in it. The poetry is adequate, but the stories are so good that I wanted more of them. The last piece, "The Dreaming Real" put things in perspective. From a reader's point of view, though, the decadence ended too soon. The club stories made me nostalgic and I wanted to wallow. ...more
Jun 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: leah and sky
for recovering members of the "goth scene", for recovering addicts, and for those who love(d) them, and those who want to read and experience the lives of people not at their best. ...more
Pamela Langhorne
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's easy to see how Cottonmouth Kisses could become a lot of things to a lot of people. Ostensibly a collection of nine stories and countless poems of twenty-something ennui, shot through with gritty glimpses of universal pathos and pain, it is also an announcement of arrival from a writer with a gift for explosive exposition. Personal favorites among the remarkable many can be found in the "middle" section, entitled A Shedding Of Skins, which wander from tongue-in-cheek diatribes (Winner, Conv ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reference, 2short
Tad too stylized for my delicate sensibilities. Some lovely metaphors and observations, though.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was overall a pretty good book. I enjoyed the mixture of poems and short stories and the book had a really nice flow.
Muhemed Masika
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wipe your mouth
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May 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I have no clue what I just read.
Feb 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
I just didn't get it, I guess. ...more
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