Said the Fly Killing Itself Trying to Escape thru a Closed Window, Completely Ignoring the Open Door

by a contributor

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Don’t worry, I’m not a metaphor.


Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Everything is Everything (Write Bloody Publishing), as well as the nonfiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft Skull Press). Her poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, PANK, Rattle, Conduit, La Petite Zine, decomP, McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies, Thrush and Muzzle, among others. 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). Her sixth book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes, will be released by Write Bloody Publishing in Fall 2013. For more information, please visit her website at

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