New artist and poetry chapbook now available.

My newest artist and poetry chapbook is now available off Kindle or as a Paperback on It’s called , “Painfully sane: Poetry and Artwork by Emily Sturgill. The kindle version is $5.49 and the paperback is $15.00.


About Sex in the Kitchen Sink.

Hello. My name is Emily H. Sturgill. I began this blog on in 2012.
All the featured images, artwork and Poetry belong to me unless otherwise noted.
Every poem is written by me and I retain copyrights to everything posted on this blog unless otherwise noted.

I have been using the self-publishing platform through Amazon’s KDP program. I have self-published a total of 22 books over the last seven years. Now I am in the process of releasing my 23rd. Of the 23 books there are 17 Artwork and Poetry chapbooks, 2 Poetry Anthologies that I edited, 2 Artist chapbooks, 1 personal memoir and lastly 1 Fictional collection of short stories.

Some of my poetry in my new chapbook was first published on this site. In those cases I have dated and marked published on I am still the original author and artist of this blog.


Traffic- 7/12/19

Running on Empty.
Running late,
only Green lights
but I’d stop for Red.

it’s that time again,
where my cycle
begins anew.
It brings the Red rain.
It brings the solid pain.
the cramping,
the bending,
the twisted torso.

but somehow this month
it’s 3 days late.
not too sure what to do
and it’s just another waiting game,
of wait and see.

Running on Empty.
Running late,
only Green lights
but I’d stop for Red.

New Poetry and Artist chapbook…

Thursday 7/11/19
I just submitted a new manuscript to’s Kindle Platform.
It is roughly 65 pages of Poetry, Drawings, a couple paintings and lots of Photography.

It might take a few days to become available but when it does the kindle version will cost $5.49 and the paperback will cost $15.00. It’s signed up with the Match book program so if you buy a paperback the ebook is only 99 cents.

The new chapbook is called “Painfully Sane:Poetry and Artwork.” by Emily H. Sturgill, 2019.
You can buy it right off using my Author’s page link:

Pain paves my way.


Pain paves my way

It passes over my body

In bent and twisted ways.

It follows me everywhere.

For at least 1/4 of every month.

I try to fight it.

Heated blankets and tylenol.

I usually lose the fight.

Pain knows all the tricks.

Pain fights dirty breaks the rules.

Pain is part of my journey and

It whispers secrets just to me.

Pain paves my way.

balance 6/15/19


There is a tightrope I walk

it covers miles of canyons

which sink to depths I’ve never seen.

And the sky above is vast and huge

those tall summit heights I’ll never climb.

But the in-between is my tightrope.

I’m very fortunate to have a safety net

consisting of family, friends and even some strangers

off the internet.

This is all in place

just in case I stumble or fall.

It’s my saving grace.

I’ve been walking this same tightrope

since I was only 18.

Despite being terrified of heights,

I must continue walking this rope

above great canyons

It’s a process, a journey which never ends,

a struggle to find balance.

Swimming with sharks

Swimming with Sharks 6/15/19

Summer brings warmer waters.

Summer welcomes beautiful oceans,

and breathless seas.

Sandy white beaches, scattered sea shells and

thrilling deep diving.

Summer brings tranquility, solace and happiness.

Be wary of that deep dive and all those thrills however…

Summer’s warm waters also brings

sharks closer to the shores.

Before you know it if your not careful

you’ll be swimming with sharks

turning the beauty of the ocean

into a scarlet tide

not only dark red deep

but terrifying

what once was so beautiful

can turn on you

you’ll be lucky if you make it out alive.

you’ll be lucky if you survive.

and that’s how I feel

as I struggle with my manic-depression.

It contains all the beauty of the entire ocean

but the sharks swim there too.