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.
Joe P. Attanasio said “This was a unique, interesting and enjoyable read, leaving me wanting more.”
Rippon Marshall, Jr. said “Overall, it’s a very good book. No complaints here. This isn’t for everyone, though. If you have weird tastes like I do, then this is for you.”
Sam Rose said “The poems are free verse, playing somewhat fast and loose with typical punctuation conventions and trusting readers to add their own inflections. That means if we asked five people to read a poem out loud, they would probably all read it slightly differently – which makes things pretty interesting.”
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.”