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Put Me Down, I’m Terrible Featured on Readers’ Favorite

2 Mar 2017 / Justin

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 with Mondays and job hunting to the perspective of a doughnut as it is being eaten by a woman wearing pink lipstick. From “Purchase”: “I have recently begun to worry/about being a doughnut.”

 

Katie Lewington, time and time again, transforms the ordinary with a stark, unvarnished commitment to simple truth that elevates her subject matter and imbues a quirky kind of hipster grace which causes readers to stop and consider what they might be missing. In this aspect above all others, hers is a gift not to be underrated or left unpraised. Despite its self deprecating title, Put Me Down, I’m Terrible is important work – an enduring metaphor for the human condition.

 

Although Katie Lewington’s poetic vision is limited to her immediate surroundings and circumstances, there is still a sweeping feel to the narrative, borne of lofty concepts applied like a template over daily life. Perhaps, in the end, the person best able to describe Katie Lewington’s edgy, lightning-quick and yet profound poetic style is Lewington herself, in the last couplet of “is the grass any greener?”: “I don’t need to journey/I’m gonna celebrate where I’m at.”

 

You can buy Put Me Down, I’m Terrible on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and beyond.

Monville Reviews Scraped Knees

28 Feb 2017 / Justin

Jamie Monville writes:

 

“Kristine Brown’s debut chapbook Scraped Knees is obsessed with moments. Conversations and daydreams litter this collection and the speaker of these poems is always vacillating somewhere in between the way she feels about it, the way she thinks others feel about it, and the way she thinks she ought to feel about it. She’s interested in the edges of these perspectives and the points at which they intersect.

 

There’s an undeniable youthfulness in the hyper focus on the narrator’s immediate circumstances and her perspective. But Brown will occasionally turn that on its head, revealing great depth in her narrator. The poem “Rejecting These Shoes” is one such example, with its juxtaposition of anxiety about what she knows is improper with the defiance to do it anyway. This collection has waves and valleys of the narrator’s strength, perceived strength, and inevitable misunderstandings that makes it a good investigation into the psyche of emerging adulthood.”

 

You can read Scraped Knees on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and beyond.

DRM-Free

22 Feb 2017 / Justin

Trendy restaurants love selling “farm-to-table” food. Ugly Sapling, a trendy publisher, is all about “press-to-shelf” media (or “laptop-to-eReader”). As such, we produce 100% original, DRM-free, and ethically-sourced fiction. We’re better for your mind than free-range eggs or grass-fed beef. But what does “DRM-free” mean?

 

 

DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. It’s a policy that gives publishers the right to restrict digital modifications to the work they produce. This policy has many ramifications with no benefit to the reader and nominal benefits to the publisher–other than access control and unsubstantiated protection of intellectual property. As such, DRM can restrict certain technologies from accessing the published content. For instance, many DRM-protected works prohibit screen-readers from accessing the text of an eBook, so the information becomes inaccessible to people with visual disabilities. Since Ugly Sapling believes that information should be accessible to all, we publish our work DRM-free.

 

DRM-Free

Flavia Reviews Scraped Knees

16 Feb 2017 / Justin

This review was written by Hermione Flavia and originally shared on her blog, CravenWild.

 

Scraped Knees

 

Poetry is a funny thing. It’s kind of forced on us in school, and becomes something we love or hate, something that bores us to tears or moves us deeply. It’s also something that, well, a lot of modern hipsters like to think they’re poets, right? Poems are a lot like man-buns, lumberbeards, Mac laptops in Starbucks and toting copies of Nietzsche that you’ve never read.

But poetry can also be Wordsworth, Byron or Maya Angelou. Or Eminem for that matter.

 

Kristine Brown, to get to the subject at hand, sent me an email asking me to review her little chapbook of poems, Scraped Knees, published by Ugly Sapling. I got the good vibes from her, so I said yes, though I don’t normally deal with poetry in this blog. I do happen to quite like poetry.

 

The book itself you can see in the picture above, it’s a neat little tome, and feels nice to touch. The poems inside vary, and include short prose. The themes vary from observations to exploring themes of loss, violence, law, sadness, relationships. They feel quite raw and honest, personal. I actually really enjoyed them, and especially liked how they felt young, not in the sense of being inexperienced or lacking nuance or quality, but rather about modern, youthful feelings. They mention school, bicycles, coming of age, concerns of a mid-twenty year old. I like how well they captured those feelings, evoked them, encapsulated them. Poetry does not have to be dusty and dry. (Or be just for those who wear skinny jeans)

 

Kristine Brown has been published in quite a few literary journals, and she also has her own successful blog, Crumpled Paper Cranes which you can find HERE. I recommend taking a look on her blog, you’ll get a really strong sense of who she is, and it’s full of interesting things, poems, thoughts, short prose, and a great series called 500 Cats, with pictures of cats and inspired poems.

 

Thank you, Hermione!

 

Don’t believe us? Read Scraped Knees for yourself on Amazon and Kindle.

Finch Reviews Scraped Knees

11 Feb 2017 / Justin

Cammie Finch reviews Scraped Knees by Kristine Brown:

 

Scraped Knees, Kristine Brown’s newest poetry collection, is a celebration of childhood wonder and curiosity. It’s a celebration of the lightness and darkness and the gray complexities that make up the phenomenon of “growing up.”

 

Brown is a scientist, creating her own poetic compounds by morphing two unique subjects into one novel piece of compression. There are moments where, as a reader, I found Brown’s voice had jumped over harrowing subjective valleys and turned darkened corners before I was ready to jump and turn with her. She left me standing self-consciously at the edge of a stanza watching her language go, go, go boldly down the page. Brown has the confidence in her ability to truly surprise the reader. Prepare to be shocked!

 

It is easy to get lost in her language, easy to snuggle up inside of her images like a blanket you fumble through and forget where the opening is. Often, I’d read a poem and get to the end and forget what i had read before. While perhaps this is a lack of concentration on this reader’s end, it also is a strength of Brown’s writing. She demands her poems to be well attended to. Her work is not intended to become a one-off read. It wants to be studied, stared at, thought about, considered again and again. Her poems are knees that will continue to be scraped. They will continue to live.

 

Read Scraped Knees for yourself. Get your copy on Amazon today.

Scraped Knees

6 Feb 2017 / Justin

We’re pleased to announce Scraped Knees, a collection of stories and poems, by Kristine Brown.

 

Scraped Knees

 

In her debut chapbook, Kristine Brown captains thirty-nine beautifully crafted poems and stories that bite with honesty. Scraped Knees is an exploration in sensory details; an incense-thickened yet clear-eyed look into the often hazy world around us. Brown scratches at the surface of tender obscurities–fear, love, loneliness–while ripping the scab right off our more tangible struggles–domestic abuse, homelessness, first dates, and suicide hotlines. The poems churn like an ocean. At times choppy, with sharp, staccato notes, the pains of a speaker grown and still growing; and then again calm, driven by lilting, lullaby-like prose that carries the speaker, and the reader, gently to shore.

 

Pick up your copy today on Amazon, Kindle, Gumroad, or Ugly Sapling Direct.

Put Me Down, I’m Terrible

25 Sep 2016 / Justin

We’re pleased to announce a new poetry chapbook by Katie Lewington!

 

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.

 

Available on Amazon, Kindle, Gumroad, and Ugly Sapling Direct.