Kim Addonizio & Susan Browne | Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing

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Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing

by Kim Addonizio & Susan Browne

Not your mother's poetry.--words and music for bad girls everywhere, from two award-winning writers
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Swearing, Smoking, Drinking
1:37 album only
2. Good Girl
2:03 album only
3. The Novitiate
2:13 album only
4. What Do Women Want?
1:51 album only
5. Bio to the Age of 30 with Men, Alcohol, and Drugs
1:50 album only
6. After Breaking Up with my 27th Boyfriend
1:10 album only
7. Lush Life
2:21 album only
8. Those Nights
1:12 album only
9. This Poem Wants to be a Rock and Roll Song So Bad
1:56 album only
10. Why We Eat
1:34 album only
11. Ex-boyfriends
1:35 album only
12. Full Moon, Cabo San Lucas
1:21 album only
13. Prayer
1:07 album only
14. Genesis
1:42 album only
15. Augury
1:17 album only
16. Small Pleasures, Great Sweetness
1:28 album only
17. 'Round Midnight
3:16 album only
18. One-Night Stands
1:10 album only
19. Blues for Robert Johnson
2:10 album only
20. Smoke
1:09 album only
21. Chance Meeting
1:36 album only
22. Let Us Live Only For Passion
1:15 album only
23. Kisses
1:52 album only
24. Kissing
1:42 album only
25. Star Food Sonata
1:45 album only


Album Notes
Kim Addonizio and Susan Browne are two friends who love tennis (Susan usually wins), delicious food, good wine, and most of all POETRY. We decided to put together this CD to celebrate some of the vices we most enjoy, and got together with producer Dan Stone ( to make it happen. A couple of musicians--Noel Cross on electric and acoustic guitar and ukelele, and Stephen Herrick on sax--helped us out on various cuts, and Kim pretends she can actually play the harmonica on a couple of others. Several pieces are straight spoken word, and we trust they need no accompaniment in order to swing!

Kim is a nationally renowned poet who has won numerous awards and a fair share of notoriety for her pulls-no-punches writing, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her third book of poems was a finalist for the National Book Award. Kim is also co-author, with Dorianne Laux, of THE POET'S COMPANION: A GUIDE TO THE PLEASURES OF WRITING POETRY, published by W.W. Norton. (Norton also published her new collection, WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE.) Kim's books have been reviewed in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere, and her work has been published in leading literary journals, anthologies, and textbooks. She also has a novel, LITTLE BEAUTIES, published by Simon & Schuster (in paper summer 2006). You can read her journal, see her tattoos, and keep up with her touring schedule on her web site at

Susan Browne won the Four Way Books Prize for her stellar first collection, BUDDHA'S DOGS--a book that is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, and simply soulful throughout. Poet Edward Hirsch wrote, "There's a ruthless authenticity-a deep cherishing-in BUDDHA'S DOGS, a splendidly mature first book of poems that is filled with moments of Proustian recall, with the comedy and the anguish, the beauty and the burning of lived experience." Susan's poems have won honors from the River City Writing Awards, the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writers' Union, and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. She received a Special Mention in the 2005 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her work has been included in many literary journals and anthologies. She teaches writing at Diablo Valley Community College in California, and is at work on a second poetry collection, LIFE IS TOO HARD, as well as a novel and screenplay.



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Kelly L.

Intelligent, risqué, honest, direct, exciting.
Intelligent, risqué, honest, direct, exciting. The life of a mother, lover, friend, woman. Indeed, Kim Addonizio and Susan Browne juxtapose nearly every adjective possible to create a landscape of the women you fear with the women you wish you had the balls to become. Their CD examines what it means to be a woman, but they do it with an honesty that is rarely found. Their poems will make you laugh out loud, beat your hand on the steering wheel—your own version of amen—as you drive along listening and watching those around you who are stuck in the rut of life. This CD will make you think about every man you ever loved, wished you had the power to love, or damn glad you didn’t. Their words mixed with harmonica and guitar will cause you think about the last time you hit the dance floor, poured yourself a glass of wine or took the time to appreciate the intricacies of every women you know. Addonizio and Browne capture it all—perfectly.

John Williamson

How to learn to love poetry readings
If you wish you liked poetry readings; you think you should like poetry readings; you know that with just some small increase in exposure you could acquire the taste for poetry readings - this is the medicine you need. Sometimes harsh, sometimes beautiful, always evocative words, only in the voices of the women who wrote them. Sexy and real, flashy and flowing, surprising and shake your head familiar, it's all poetry you'd love to read. The handpicked music is the sugar that sends the already sweet stuff down. After this, you won't be afraid when you think about a reading. Maybe you'll just hum along instead.

Aya Cash

Super Duper, not to Metion Fantastic andGreat.
Buy my Mommy's CD. (this would be much more charming and convincing if I was 8. But really, it's a great CD. It's perfect for listening to in the car, or a quiet night at home. And let's be honest. You look like a sophisticated, in the know kinda person when people see it on your shelf or in your iTunes.

Nikki S.

Pretty good CD
the quality of the cd is great. it didn't take long to get to me.
the poems on the cd are really good. there are a lot of them on there, about 25. some poems, like "What Do Women Want?" had words added into it which I think actaully gave it less effect, but overall its a good cd.

Michael snider

Lush Life with Small Pleasures, Great Sweetness
I make poems and music -- I've even made a (very) little money at each -- and I generally don't like music to accompany words not written to be sung. Kim Addonizio and Susan Browne's Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing is a wonderful exception. I love Stephen Herrick's saxophone on Susan Browne's "Let Us Live Only for Passion" and on Kim Addonizio's frightening poems "Lush Life" and "'Round Midnight," and 'Little Lola' Addonizio's own harmonica on "Blues for Robert Johnson." Sofa/Noel Cross's guitar is especially good on Browne's "Full Moon, Cabo San Lucas" and "Star Food Sonata," and on Addonizio's "Prayer."

Unaccompanied poems by both are mixed in as well, and the two poets take turns, sometimes within a poem, sometimes alternating poems or mini-sets of poems, skillfully mixing funny or touching material amid very dark work -- most of that last to do with alcohol. The CD has a surprising unity, almost the feel of a narrative, while still managing to leave each poem its own identity. Some favorites beyond those already mentioned: the two of them reading Dorianne Laux's "Kissing"; Addonizio's "What Do Women Want?" (with Browne's enthusiastic interuptions), "Kisses," and "Augury"; Browne's "Bio to the Age of 30 with Men, Alcohol, and Drugs," "Those Nights," "Genesis," and "Small Pleasures, Great Sweetness."

Wayne S. Williams

Wait for it.... wait for it...
The first few tracks sound like they were recorded in someone's living room (meaning not-so-good quality), and that having fun was a bit more important than good reads. But stick with it, because it's worth the wait. The recordings get better, and the art emerges. Browne and Addonizio are the Thelma and Louise of contemporary poetry. Two kick ass women, writing (naturally I suppose) about women, for women, as they apply their heady take on Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, and Kissing. All in all, it's a CD I'm glad I've got in my collection.