Monday, July 30, 2012

A Poet's Life (A Book Review)

Hot Teen Slut: Poems by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz B-

Publication: April 2011
Hot Teen Slut is the second collection of poems by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. The book was originally published in 2001 and re-released in April of 2011 by Write Bloody Publishing. HTS is memoir-in-verse, a style that seemed a little awkward and dry initially. But, as the biographical story unfolded the poems grew increasingly engaging. At its core, HTS is more than a successful fusion of poetry and porn. It is an intriguing account of a young woman trying to make ends meet while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in the adult entertainment industry.

Fresh out of college, Aptowicz took a job writing and editing copy for a business. That business turned out to be pornography.  That experience spawned this collection. Her story is unique; more unique than the poems themselves. Nevertheless, here are a few of my favorites moments: Keeping It In Neutral, Signs Of A Daughter, The Box, The Christmas Party, Morning Date and On Getting An Email From A High School Girl Telling Me She Loves My Writing.

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