From the Publisher
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
Read an Excerpt
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.