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Put Me Down, I'm Terrible [BOOK REVIEW]

I was sent a copy of this book by the author 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 book that doesn’t fit right with me. I noticed unnecessary rhyming as an attempt of creating a reasonable stanza. I don’t know if it was the PDF file I was given, but there were several fragments I felt uncomfortable reading. Not because I felt offended or uneasy, I just don’t think it worked at points. It didn’t read poetically as much as it read like disordered dialogue. 

I’m tedious when it comes to rating poetry because I haven’t read many great modern poets. Yet, the modern poets I have read usually have a put together short book of poems that coincide and slowly begin to wrap around each other. I like poems to be substantial with a definite goal or purpose they’re trying to convey. Within Put Me Down, I’m Terrible, I didn’t feel that. I know it’s supposed to be several different mundane experiences. It just seems as if the author has left herself room to add poems that will help build the cohesion it’s lacking.

Don’t get me wrong, the idea is fantastic. It just needs to be executed differently. I enjoyed a few of the poems: CG, Is The Grass Any Greener?, Monday, etc. This author definitely has potential but I don’t find this book to be a strong point.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5

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