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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (October 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938912349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938912344
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In The Year of No Mistakes, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz writes poetry with a stark honesty that comes along with having to rebuild a life. Her personal heartbreak lumbers off the pages and acquaints itself with the reader. But Aptowicz also touchingly adds humor and grace... You will laugh, you will cry, you will smile knowingly. Even if you don't regularly read poetry, Aptowicz's writing style is so approachable, her topics so familiar, that by the end of The Year of No Mistakes you will feel like she is your roommate, or at the very least, one of your favorite Facebook friends." -BookSlut

If you aren't familiar with Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, then you are doing a serious disservice to your sensibilities. I enjoy her work because it best captures what draws me to poetry: the expression of deep emotion and transformative experience that is never condescending, never beholden to obscurity, never tries to be anything more than a beautifully expressed sentiment that can provoke a smile, a laugh, a sadness, and at its best, a recognition and a resonance. In this book, Aptowicz has made herself vulnerable so that her audience can be transformed by them as she has." -Hothouse Magazine


"Being a poetry aficionado is not a prerequisite to loving The Year of No Mistakes. Aptowicz makes it easy to relate with her while still challenging readers to marinate on the images and ideas she presents. Throughout the whole of the book, she keenly describes the warm nostalgias for the beginnings of her long-standing relationship and the stages of grief after having lost it, as well as the vividness of her time in New York City and the woes of unemployment. No doubt this book will aid and lift broken, struggling hearts everywhere." -The Printed Whim: A Literary Journal

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's sixth book, The Year of No Mistakes, is a book of transitions. Movement is a strong thread throughout the most sophisticated offering this poet has made to date. Her voice is authentic and precise. The whole of the text seems as if not only the poems are in transition, but the poet as well, as if the narrator is searching for wholeness by leaving parts of herself behind... This book is a healing experience for the reader, proving that Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is at the height of her poetic powers. -- PANK Magazine

This book of poems was written after the poet's really bad break-up. Whether you're going through a break-up with a person, with cheese, or with a job, you know what it feels like. It hurts all over. You can't think about anything else. The Year of No Mistakes is about a woman who is picking up the pieces, and it's perfect because it's what we do when things fall apart, or even when they're just temporarily messed up. -- Bustle

"...leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.” -- U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Words in Your Face

About the Author

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), which U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote "leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature." 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.

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I love Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's poetry.
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She does so with fairness and compassion to her former partner and herself, and speaks to all of us who have ever loved, lost, and learned the hard way.
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All of her work is down to earth, honest, funny, and brilliantly written, but in this book, she out does herself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on November 5, 2013
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I have read every one of Cristin's books, and have loved them all. This one, this one was different. It was like taking a glimpse into a very real life, like watching your own love and failure play out in her words. I love most poetry, but her poetry is the kind that sticks to my ribs. It is relatable, and real and raw. This book is all of those things times a billion. We've all had broken hearts and big transitions, we have all been in her shoes, but we probably haven't been able to express it in such a brilliant and beautiful way. No matter where you are in your life, you can read this book of poetry and appreciate it, relate to it and fall in love with her words. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim H-L on October 4, 2013
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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a rare bird, indeed--she is a writer's writer whose intelligent, humane work is also highly accessible to people who may live outside of the writerly world. In The Year of No Mistakes, Cristin looks the demise of her ten-year relationship square in the eye. She does so with fairness and compassion to her former partner and herself, and speaks to all of us who have ever loved, lost, and learned the hard way. Stylistically, her work echoes the simplicity and eloquence of Mary Oliver, while also hitting the reader with more visceral bows to Dirty Realism. It is a magnificently human collection of poetry--one that belongs in the hands of those whose hearts are broken, healed, and hoping. If you are alive, you need to read Aptowicz's work. She reminds us what a great privilege life can be, especially when we walk through its occasional fires and marvel at our healing burns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Maney on September 28, 2013
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As a long time fan of Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, I own all of her titles. I love her work--it always sings with authenticity. Aptowicz is a writer that never hesitates to nail a feeling on its head. She never shies away from giving her readers something true and real. It's that exact quality that draws so many of us to her work. It's why people who claim to hate poetry make an exception for her poems.

The Year of No Mistakes gives everyone--poetry fans, poetry skeptics, Aptowicz fans, and new readers-- a true gift. Aptowicz's telling of "the year" includes an account of the unraveling of her ten-year relationship, her move away from New York City, and all of the insecurities that come with restarting. The book is as genuine her fans will have come to expect. What sets this book apart from the rest of her works is the degree to which she shares her vulnerability. This book brings honesty to a new level. It is a book you will both love reading and feel honored to read.

I have read countless collections of poetry, and the books that really resonate with me as a reader are the books that trust the reader to an intimate journey. Books that ring with passion and honesty. Books that do not romanticize the world of the poet. This collection of poems is artful. It is inspiring without being naive. It is heartful without being ignorant. Aptowicz isn't just confiding in her readership--she is selflessly sharing. This book gives raw emotions a clear and careful voice. It is masterful.

If you have ever liked a book, I have no doubt that you will like this book, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kaysarahsera on October 2, 2013
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I love Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's poetry. As evidenced by my bookshelf which contains all five of her previous books of poetry and my youtube history which contains many of her hilarious, explosive performances. She has a style that is accessible even to the folks who think that poetry "isn't for them." Her wit and honesty is so sharp it can make me laugh and cry in the same poem. But I'm just speaking about her poetry in general. Then I opened The Year of No Mistakes.

Boom. The Year of No Mistakes is by far the most vulnerable and personal material I've ever read by this author. She navigates the sadness and loneliness of a relationship's end with no ego and the result is heart wrenching. Yet throughout the sorrow, she never loses the wink and humor that makes Aptowicz's poetry iconic. Despite the seemingly sad topic, The Year of No Mistakes is full of celebration and cartharsis, and I came out of this book with great optimism. That is what Aptowicz is so good at: showing us the depths of her hurt, embarrassment, sorrow, and anger while showing us that it's also ok to laugh. It's ok to move through it. I recommend this to anyone who has been through a tremendous break up. It is moving, beautiful, funny, and just really damn good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Woods on October 12, 2013
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There is a bravado that bubbles out of Aptowciz’s work that is not present in this latest collection. This is not a bad thing. The book is her most personal to date, and with this work we discover that not everything in her world is a joke. At the forefront of TYONM are her traditional and always-welcome traits: warm and accessible language, cut with a hip fearlessness in subject matter and form, spread out over many engaging scenarios. And yet, contextualized through an exploration of loss, we are treated to a collection that not only shows you who she is (all her books do that), but what she’s made of.

Aptowicz possesses a keen eye for good stories; it is what propels her catalog at large, and certainly her best work. Seeing that eye turned on herself (as opposed to squirrels on crack or lawn gnomes. See? An unassailable imagination!) is something to behold. It is an earnest gut-punch of a book, and stripped of her usual buoyancy, leaves us with one of the most honest collections of art this year. Notable poems include "33 1/3", "Austin", "Married Men" and "Not Doing Something Wrong isn't the Same as Doing Something Right".
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More About the Author

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is author of the nonfiction book, DR MUTTER'S MARVELS: A TRUE STORY OF INTRIGUE AND INNOVATION AT THE DAWN OF MODERN MEDICINE.

She is also the author of six books of poetry -- THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES (2013), EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING (2010), OH TERRIBLE YOUTH (2007), WORKING CLASS REPRESENT (2004), HOT TEEN SLUT (2001) and DEAR FUTURE BOYFRIEND (2000), which are currently available on Write Bloody Publishing -- as well as second book of nonfiction: WORDS IN YOUR FACE: TWENTY YEARS OF THE NEW YORK CITY POETRY SLAM, which Billy Collins wrote "leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature"

Her recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). She lives in Austin, TX, with her two eccentric rescue dachshunds, Max & Alvy.

For more information -- including tour dates, videos of performances and links to her work -- please visit her website at www.aptowicz.com.

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