You can enter my giveaway on Goodreads.com to win a paperback copy of Put me Down, I’m Terrible.
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. There’s something in every poem that rings true; the awkward intimacy of a dentist appointment, the doldrum of Mondays, the inexorable journey of stray hairs. But Lewington takes these occurrences further, with precision as sharp as a knife, making the familiar strange and shaking up the norm. A walk of shame becomes a woman’s sphere for agency. Cold sores become a badge of power. New shoes, an insufficient patch. Uncompromisingly honest and hauntingly explorative, Put Me Down I’m Terrible is a celebration of the now, the everyday life, and the vulnerability that comes with it. As Lewington pens in one of the poems, “I don’t need to journey I’m gonna celebrate where I’m at.” Each poem is a celebration, and the collection, a festival unto itself.
The prompt today is Pica, which is the compulsion to eat things that aren’t food.
We are given memories of Hilda Dulin Lee’s abusive childhood, and these are intermixed with later years and the present. Not only a memoir, Hilda Dulin Lee explains what Binge Eating disorder is, giving insight and practical self-help techniques, such as the golden threads and TICKET.
Other than abuse and binge eating, In the Labyrinth of Binge Eating covers an awful lot of other subjects – perfectionism, health, starting over, family silence and body confidence.
There is a particular story in the book, which is lovely, about a cottage that was included in the land they purchased and then renovated. It has a great history, like all old buildings do.
On a personal level I identified with many passages in the book, which I found eye opening and learnt a lot from.
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Wade Stevenson is author of Moon Talk, Dear You, Flutes and Tomatoes: A memoir with poems, The Colour Symphonies, The Electric Affinities, A Testament to Love and other Losses, One Time in Paris: A Memoir of the 1960’s, The Little Book of He and She and Beds.
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Book Review of Moon Talk
Moon Talk by Wade Stevenson is written as one single poem, without titles or many pauses in between lines. I think the cover is exciting and it intrigued me. At first I felt this may be a poem solely focusing on the moon, as that was the theme for the first few pages and this got off to a shaky start on that premise, but as it unravelled it become clear that was not the case and the moon became a beautiful backdrop to a rather sensual and erotic story of love and lust.
It is evening,
The tart taste of moon in my mouth and
When you stand in the moonlight
Are you naked or not?
If you met God tonight
Would you take your clothes off?‘ being surrealist lines, among others.
Some of my favourite lines ‘What will you do with my dust when I die?
Will you take a sieve and strain through the ashes
Looking for sparks, the still living embers
Of loves remembered‘ And
‘I live for love, my life is love, to love is to live!‘ Being, perhaps, a motto to live by.
Moon Talk is a poem to take your time on and enjoy. If you like poetry I would recommend that you read this.
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The quality of a poem has to be the finest of cloth -the gushing of a champagne froth –
the purest of elixirs
although it doesn’t need to be literary or baffling
otherwise it will annihilate the reader entirely
and there are not many of those left –
appreciators of poetry
appreciators of poetry unite!
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Hope you all enjoy yourselves this evening, whatever you may be doing (Keep you and your friends safe!)
What a year it has been. The world went crazy politically, the sport was great and I grew up.
To quote John Lennon ‘Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans’