Valerie Loveland (valerieloveland) wrote,
Valerie Loveland
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Everything is Every Thing by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

A friend of mine lent me this book. He thought I would enjoy it because the poet and I have common interests: trivia, weird history, presidential history, weird presidential history. I did enjoy the book. She is a slam poet, and is known for her dramatic performances. I do think I am missing something by just reading some of the poems, but overall, the poems stand on their own.

I keep a mental list of poetry books to give a person who is interested in poetry but isn't sure where to start. This is on my list because Aptowicz is not hard to understand, isn't stuffy (don't get me wrong, I also like stuffy poetry), and isn't prose broken into stanzas.

I don't have the book in front of me because I had to return it, so I can't talk about the line and stanza breaks. I do remember her titles were usually very long. Probably too long (something I am guilty of myself).

My favorites in the book:

Every Winter, Everyone Thinks My Boyfriend is Elvis Costello (second to last one on the page)

Insults That Only Work if You Are a Presidential History Buff (Last one on the page)

Choke
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