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In Put Me Down I’m Terrible, Katie Lewington explores mundanity: a couple making love in a car, a woman preparing for a date, a donut shop. But to say these occurrences are mundane is only half the story. In poetry as achingly familiar as it is uncharted, Lewington feeds readers scenes of fumbling vulnerability, teeth-clenching honesty, and unrelenting self-awareness. Ther ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published September 12th 2016 by Ugly Sapling press
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kippen (uponthepages)
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Put Me Down, I’m Terrible by Katie Lewington is a short poetry book based on the mundanity in life. We read about a couple in the car, a dentist, a donut shop, etc. throughout poetry. You’re looking at normal situations through a poet’s mindset.

I adored the concept of poetry about something simple instead of complex situations that aren’t always relatable or outrageously befuddling. Yet, there’s something about this short poetry bo
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Isabelle
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was conflicted about whether I liked this poetry anthology - in the end the quality of Katie's observation of others won me over! Her style reminds me of the in-yer-face theatre genre, some of which I really enjoy.

I like the honesty of Katie's writing and the fact that her language is so raw. I'd be interested to read Katie's other work, to see how her unique style changes under different themes.

I think Katie has an understanding of form which is really exciting to read. She experiments with l
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Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)
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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
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Katrina (trinareadsbooks)
2.5 stars

First, I’d like to take a second and thank the author for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

As you can see, this wasn’t a 5 star book for me. That doesn’t mean it was terrible, I just didn’t connect with it.

Here’s why:
The varying subjects and styles of poetry were very interesting, however at times that variance came at the expense of the flow and cohesion of the book as a whole. I also felt that the organization could have been better. It felt like the to
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Maddy Estherby
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
My Rating: 2 stars

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

While this poetry collection is not for me, it was an interesting and unique collection of poems that explores a range of emotions and thoughts from the author.

The Good: Some of the poems were really relatable and well written. I enjoyed the poem called Monday, Skills and CG as I found them interesting, and relevant. They were the more well-written ones and I appreciated the poetry of them. The author uses
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Laura
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Put Me Down, I’m Terrible is a collection of poetry based on mundanity.

The poems greatly vary in subject matter. There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason for these poems to be grouped together. The poems don’t flow from one to the next, nor do they seem to follow any rules or style.

Some of the poems have a unique premise, if they had more depth they could be great. Others are hardly coherent, I’m not sure if it’s due to overuse of metaphors hindering the meaning, or a need to e
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Marie
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd like to thank the author for sending me an ebook copy of this book!
The thing I liked the most in this book was the themes! They are all mundanity themes and that is pretty cool!

I think peotry is a hard thing and the author tried to do her best sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
Some stanza were a bit messy but I think it was due to the file and not the author writting!

It was a good read though, I appreciated it, and it very quick!

(I'm actually on the train so I will do a more comp
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Rippon Marshall, Jr.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Refreshing. Not for everyone, certainly, but I enjoyed reading this.
Maddie (Stories and Spoons)
I have a lot of mixed thoughts about this poetry collection. I was really really excited when the author contacted me because I’ve been really loving poetry lately and have been gobbling up as much as I can, but this collection fell a bit short for me. There were so many elements that had the potential to be wonderful but just didn’t quite come together.

Some of the poems started off very relatable and had me thinking about things I hadn’t thought of before, but then they felt like they strayed a
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Nicholas Trandahl
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a few poetry titles by UK-based poet Katie Lewington, and “Put Me Down, I’m Terrible” is certainly my favorite. This title is a decently sized chapbook, bordering on a small poetry collection, and it’s laced throughout with my favorite things about Lewington’s poetry. She is an observer, and I think that’s essential for a writer. She collects simplicity and moments and shares something special for the reader. In her open, humorous, and sometimes sarcastic fashion, she shares stories of ...more
Dane Cobain
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down, it’s excellent. I was going to give it a 4/5 but couldn’t think of a reason not to give it a five. It’s just solid, unpretentious contemporary poetry.
Katie
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

Put Me Down, I’m Terrible by Katie Lewington is a smart and sassy collection of laser-precise poems celebrating the importance of each moment in everyday life. Finding the extraordinary in the mundane is one of the prime directives of nearly all contemporary poets; in Put Me Down, I’m Terrible, Lewington exceeds all expectations in this regard. Lewington’s subject matter is both diverse and pungent, ranging from relationship dynamics through dealing
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J.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a playful spontaneity to this collection; an anxious energy making it hard to put down, title notwithstanding. Use of the first person singular lends a voyeuristic intimacy—not so much a stolen diary, more a one-night-stand that ends in some day-in-the-life "Freaky Friday" flip, though your mileage in these shoes may vary. Frankly it feels like a bit of a bender, like I'm too old to be going on this pub crawl or pulling this all-nighter—luckily, Lewington judiciously intersperses the nig ...more
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Born with a pen in her hand, Katie Lewington has continued to write since the year dot, and develop her unique style of writing. She has self-published several chapbooks of poetry on her travels, experiences of love, and humorous food themed pieces too. She works on her blog The Poetry Hub reviewing books, sharing poetry, and interviewing writers. She likes to engage with other writers and bibliop ...more