"She speaks the secret the language of nerds. It's a misfit's chronicle of heartache, hand-me-downs, and botched Halloween costumes. This book is just like its author-- brilliant, funny, honest, and Airwolf." -- Ernest Cline, screenwriter Fanboys
Oh, Terrible Youthby Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
In her fourth collection of poetry, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz uses her youth as muse. Whether ruminating on the trials and tribulations of life in the single digits ("My Elementary School Confessions"), exposing her unapologetic high school geekiness ("The Secret Language of Nerds") and exalting all the melodramatic yet sincere love verses she ultimately penned in vain ("On Reading Old Unrequited Love Poems"), this plump collection commiserates and celebrates all the wonder, terror, banality and comedy that is the long journey to adulthood.
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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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