Put Me Down, I’m Terrible. By Katie Lewington

Genres: Poetry
Publisher: Ugly Sapling press
Publication Date: September 12th 2016


Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through the author in exchange for an honest review.

“I don’t need to journey I’m gonna celebrate where I’m at.”

A collection of poetry by Lewington focusing on everyday life and mundanity. Regular things are given new life and meaning through Lewington’s eyes. Stray hairs are more than just useless dust. Cold sores become a source of pride. Every small thing is given a purpose.

I don’t know if it’s only me but I’ve never enjoyed collections of stories or poetry that weren’t meticulously curated. Lewington’s collection claims to focus on the mundane but it doesn’t feel cohesive. There are several poems focusing on sexuality and sex, some focusing on the mundane and some that seem entirely out of place. It’s also short enough that it can be read in under a half-hour.

The collection needed to be longer and more focused to feel substantial. A longer collection focusing on only the sex-themed poems would have been much stronger and more emotionally captivating. As it is, Put Me Down, I’m Terrible move from one unrelated subject to another too quickly to connect with.

On their own, each poem is alright – though not the sort I’d seek out to read. The problem is definitely that there is not style, rules or theme that links these poems together. There is no reason for them to be in a collection together. A poetry collection should tell a story, or at the very least have a theme and flow. There is no strong theme here and the poems don’t seem to be arranged in any way that would encourage a flow. This is aggravated by the fact that the e-book was poorly formatted which I usually ignore but formatting for poetry is crucial.

A bad book of poems – but not a book of bad poems. There are definitely some poems here that will resonate with certain readers, but as a whole the collection is weak.


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