The Year of No Mistakes

The Year of No Mistakes: A Collection of Poetry - Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

I've heard a lot of great things about Aptowicz over the years, but this was my first time reading her poetry. I'm so glad I picked up this collection. This is a book centering around transitions. Moving away from New York and to Texas (and the amazing sense of place she evokes). The break-down of relationships, as well as the whirlwind passion of new ones. Finding your footing and loosing it all over again. These are poems of heartbreak and also hopefulness, the sorts of words that come from those times in our lives that seem the most uncertain and vivid. Relatable through and through but never easy nor simplistic. Aptowicz uses an economy of words to snap complex feelings into stark relief.