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Today's poem is "December"
from The Year of No Mistakes

Write Bloody

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is an American poet and a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry. She is the author of five books of poetry, including the recently released Everything is Everthing (Write Bloody Publishing), as well as the canonical slam history, Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft Skull Press). Recent awards include the 2010-2011 ArtsEdge Writer-in-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania and the 2013 Amy Clampitt Residence. She lives in Austin, TX.

Other poems by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz in Verse Daily:
May 5, 2011:   "Old Boys" "I would've never believed that I'd forget you..."
February 9, 2010:   "Choke" "Winter overstayed its dumb welcome...."

Books by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz:

Other poems on the web by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz:
"Things That Happen During Pet-Sitting I Remind Myself are Not Metaphors for My Heart"
Two Poems
"July"
"My Tiny God"
"Ode to My Morning Cup of Coffee"
"List of Awesome Things You Have to Do"
"The Happy Fun of Love"
Five poems
"Ode to My Morning Cup of Coffee"
Five poems
"Starter Marriage"
"At the Office Holiday Party"
"Poem Written on Cold Medication"
Four poems
"For the People Who Keep Asking Me Why Iím Still In Slam"
Three poems
"How Carpophorus Did It"

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's Website.

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz According to Wikipedia.

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz on Twitter.

About The Year of No Mistakes:

"Though this is a book full of trouble—there's a lot of un- and underemployment; and though love is found, love is mostly lost—Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is really a poet of honesty and humor. Through at the transitions and difficulties presented here, affection lingers in and hovers around these poems, particularly an affection for place, for the cities she has moved through and taken into her being... "I meet you here at the intersection of pitbull and/pigeon"—passages like this offset the day-to-day struggle with language that is simultaneously accurate and transformative, giving us both a take on the world as it is and a sense of the better world our minds can make. Wherever l meet this poet, I want to stay."
—Bob Hicok

"Haunting, lovely, and heartbreaking, The Year of No Mistakes is a revels on. It's Aptowicz's, best book yet: a poetic Odyssey that takes the reader along on her journey of personal transformation, leading us from love to loss to new frontiers. This book will feel like home to anyone who has ever faced a dark night, or even a dark year, of the soul. Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the poet laureate of your heart."
—Wess Mongo Jolley



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