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Everything Is Everything

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In her fifth collection of poetry, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz polishes her obsessions until they gleam. Whether she is exhuming the bizarre ("Cryptozoology" and "A Short History of Unusual Fish"), exorcising her demons, ("Hog Butcher of Workshop Table" and "On Why I Shouldn't Read Books") or celebrating the uncelebrated oddballs of the world ("Little Heard True Stories of Benjamin Franklin" and "Crack Squirrels"), Aptowicz's poetry sings and singes. Everything is Everything illuminates the dark corners of the ...
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Overview

In her fifth collection of poetry, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz polishes her obsessions until they gleam. Whether she is exhuming the bizarre ("Cryptozoology" and "A Short History of Unusual Fish"), exorcising her demons, ("Hog Butcher of Workshop Table" and "On Why I Shouldn't Read Books") or celebrating the uncelebrated oddballs of the world ("Little Heard True Stories of Benjamin Franklin" and "Crack Squirrels"), Aptowicz's poetry sings and singes. Everything is Everything illuminates the dark corners of the curiosity cabinet, shining the light on everything that is utterly strange, wonderfully absurd and 100% true.
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Editorial Reviews

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Funny, smart, and a little macabre, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz speaks eloquently and expertly for a generation raised on trivia, tabloid journalism, and black coffee.
- Marc Shuster, Small Press Reviews

Aptowicz always finds something interesting to say. And that's why her poetry is so endearing. Often quirky, funny, and downright bizarre, Everything is Everything addresses numerous topics via confessional free verse.
- Jason Jordan, decomP Magazine

Everything is Everything offers an insight few collections of verse accomplish; combining carefully crafted allegory, nerd-pop observationalism, and the footnotes you could only hope to find scribbled on the pages of a dusty library history text.
- Katie Moore, The Legendary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984251513
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 1,224,440
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

NYC-based Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the founder and host of the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship venue, NYC-Urbana. Cristin has published five books of poetry and Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam - a Washington Post Notable Book on Exploring Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendencies and Rattle. This touring poet-diva has performed the Sydney Opera House in Australia and The Drums Inside Your Chest in LA and is currently the 2010-2011 ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
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READER

Some poems read like a bookshelf.
The poets carefully putting each word in its place, snug and sure and right.

And other poems feel like Polaroids,
poets waving them about in the air to make the scene come into focus.

Still others feel like a come on,
something you can't believe still works,
and yet here you are, in bed with it.

My poems are like the hot panic you feel when you are sure you've lost something and dump your bag on the table.

My poems are the things which tumble out of the bag: the menus,
the post-its, the articles your mother

cuts out and gives you at Christmas,
the books, the receipts, the leaky pens,
the old gum, the unflattering photo,

the lint, the dust, the dirt, until ...
there it is. You find it: the shiny key needed to open that stubborn door.

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