We’re pleased to announce a new chapbook by Katie Lewington!
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.
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Our first Solstice Review is on the shelf! Read prose and poetry from 7 authors in Ugly Sapling’s first lit review.
An accident during the summer of 1969. A home that’s become a breeding ground for spiders, fed on dirty dishes and discontent. Two teenaged girls, one aching to grow up, the other bound down by secrets. A couple struggling to stay together under the pressure of a parental request. In its first ever Solstice Review, Ugly Sapling features work by up-and-coming writers as well as literary veterans that explores the dark corners of family, duty, and the ties that bind us. Set in the unrelenting heat of summer, this collection of longer-format prose and poetry deals with issues of love and loss, nostalgia and heartbreak, and the aches of growing up. The stories demand we reassess our understanding of relationships–husband and wife, father and child, friend and friend–and ultimately ask us how far we’d go for the ones we love.
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Ugly Sapling is excited to announce The Book of Apparitions by Jacob Steven Mohr!
Jacob Steven Mohr’s debut novel follows imaginative, empathetic Marshall Brithaus across twelve years of his life as the stressors of growing up – both natural and supernatural – drive him to his physical and emotional limits. Over the course of his life, Marshall encounters four highly unusual characters: a laid-back Valkyrie called Valerie, a spitfire water sprite (and part-time lifeguard) named Selene, a burned-out, body-snatching sandman-in-training called Diane, and a manipulative, carnivorous muse named Claudia. These ‘apparitions’ each make their indelible mark on Marshall’s maturation, and prove beyond any color of doubt there is more magic in growing up than in staying young.
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There’s less than a week to go until the deadline to submit material for our Solstice Review, but Ugly Sapling is still seeking and encouraging submissions! Send us prose of around 2,000 to 6,000 words and poetry of any length by May 22 for an opportunity to be featured in our first ever publication of longer format creative work. Click on the submit tab to send us something today!
Review of Elizabeth Ribar’s “all girls will not feel pretty at some point”
By Cammie Finch
Elizabeth Ribar’s debut chapbook of poems is the kind of book which demands to be read again and again. Ribar’s poetic voice is so strong, the only way to read her beautiful product is aloud. Her voice stretches through the pages, punches through walls, flosses through teeth, and covers the generations, land masses, and social anxieties of her ancestors. The topics of her poems are relevant, pressing, and relatable to all in one capacity or another. Although I myself am not Asian American, for a poem or two, I transcended bodies and ethnicities, and felt social pressures unknown to me before. That is what separates great writing from good writing – the ability to slap a new set of eyes and a second heart onto the reader and give them a chance to experience someone else’s way of living and being. Even when she says she is having “conversations with myself,” Ribar opens up courageously to you – the reader. She wants you to listen. And so we nod and listen very closely.
Elizabeth, along with her editors, have arranged the poems in a naturally flowing way, each divided by a blank page which creates moments for pause, meditation, thought, questioning, and rereading. I also greatly appreciated Ribar’s range of poetic styles. One page might be a paragraph-length prose poem, while the next page displays a single musing, hacked up by slashmarks. This keeps the pace fresh, snappy, and energetic.
Along with the raw sketches by Trevor Williams, Elizabeth’s mastery of language reminds us that a blessing can be a glass of lemon water poured by your mother; the happiest of tunes can have hidden sorrows; skin color is something you can buy at the drugstore; the best kind of poetry and truth-seeking begins with a question. I highly recommend picking up Elizabeth Ribar’s poetry as soon as you can! You might find a piece of yourself within the poems – a piece of yourself you’ve been waiting to catch or perhaps you didn’t even know was yours.
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Ugly Sapling is still seeking submissions for our Solstice Review! We’re looking for prose of around 2,000 to 6,000 words and poetry of any length. Work must be original, compelling, and free of grammatical errors. Every submitter will receive a free physical copy of the Solstice Review, and a free Ugly Sapling postcard. Head over to the submit tab and send us something awesome by 22 May!
Ugly Sapling is excited to announce the publication of all girls will not feel pretty at some point by Elizabeth Ribar!
Featuring twenty poems by Elizabeth Ribar, all girls will not feel pretty at some point is a gripping debut anthology that grapples with issues of identity, violence, femininity and coming of age. The poems weave through the intersections of life, from the ache of growing up different in the suburbs, to the adolescent feelings of displacement and alienness in one’s own life, to a maturity haunted by shadows of the past. These poems, paired with evocative illustrations by Trevor Williams, tell stories of survival, growth, and acceptance; of motherhood and daughterhood, of prettiness and ugliness.
You can purchase your physical copy for $8.99 at our CreateSpace store or from Amazon. The eBook is also available for $.99+ from Gumroad.
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Ugly Sapling is now seeking submissions for our first Solstice Review. We’re looking for longer format prose of around 2,000 to 6,000 words and poetry of any length to fill the pages of this seasonal review, set to release on the summer solstice. No novel excerpts or pieces of larger works, please. We’re looking for compelling, well-written stories and poems without mechanical errors. Contributors will receive a free copy of the review. To submit, click here. Submissions for the summer solstice review are due May 22, 2016.
Featuring poetry, prose, illustrations, and photography from 12 emerging writers and artists, Postmodern Love takes readers from the plains and podunk towns of the Middle West to sprawling cities across oceans. The stories, poems and art ripple with heat as they delve into the cavernous, sometimes absolving, and often dark recesses of the human heart.
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