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Working Class Represent

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In her third collection of poetry, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz celebrates the ups and downs of being a poet with a day job. Whether exulting the mundaneness of office life ("Rules of Slack"), musing about hidden perks of college poetry gigs ("Ode to College Cafeterias") or hilariously defending the use of humor in poetry ("To the Guy Who Said that Funny Poetry Ain't Poetry"), ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Write Bloody Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nathan
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz does it again! I really don't know how it's possible to be so awesome. She strikes a delicate balance between joking around and being serious; it's perfect. When the back of the book says "witty, honest and idiosyncratic" it isn't kidding. She is completely versatile. My favorites in this book are QarpaHa! ('I Love You' in Klingon), Ode to My Morning Cup of Coffee, and Notes on Rejection(s). I've heard her perform a few from this book, which influenced me, but even ones
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Sarah
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't love every poem in this book, and I don't always love her line choices, but she hits it out of the park so many times, the best poems here make up for it. She has a strong, sharp voice that carries the reader through the book. I love that the book is about a poet's struggle to work a day job or not. Also, the poem "Billy Collins" made me laugh out loud.
A.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not all of these poems were meant for me, so I couldn't relate to them as easily-- the only reason this is four instead of five stars. I loved the poems that were talking about rejection and poetry, and as always Cristin is a hoot!
Edmund Davis-Quinn
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, poetry
More wonderful poems from Aptowicz. I think I will read "Sexton and Plath" at my next poetry reading. And funny poetry is what makes the poetry world go round.
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Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is an American poet who was recently awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 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 (Soft Skull Press), which U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that
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