- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: The Wordsmith Press (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893972321
- ISBN-13: 978-1893972322
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,771,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oh, Terrible Youth Paperback – 2007
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Aptowicz reaches back through her youth for the meat of this book, with poems about Halloween costumes, nerds and the general forelorn ways of teenagers. The best part is that she addresses these themes with the mind of an adult who knows how teenagers today operate, how they see the world, and she refuses to talk down to them as if they're dense or made of glass. She knows what they think, how they talk when no one's looking, and what they talk about. Better, she does this without getting down to their level. Speaking to someone on their level without dirtying one's self is a difficult line to walk, but for Aptowicz it may as well be a country road, she so deftly navigates it.
Of particular interest to poets are the pieces that she's incorporated that address the writing life. As a writer, I found these poems spoke to me in the contemporary sense as well as the observations about youth spoke to my nostalgic self. Her rejection letter poems are hilarious and real. I'll be incorporating them into my workshops posthaste (and maybe taping one to the wall of my office as a reminder to put the knife down every time I go to the mailbox).
A note for teachers, that brave clan always in search of the poetry buffalo that is smart, well done and safe for their students: get this collection yesterday. It is a book that students will enjoy for its wit, respect for its well-meaning, and there isn't a curse word in sight as near as I could tell...Read more ›