Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
Published October 1, 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
I was provided a review copy via Netgalley
Bestselling and award-winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative approach to self-care in this new poetry and prose collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It. In this empowering retelling, she uses the mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present.By the end of this book, Aphrodite make you believe in the possibility of your own healing.
I will make this as quick as possible: Get your hands on this poetry collection the moment it releases. My first read by Mateer was Honeybee which I read last year. Mateer’s poetry style had me hooked from the first page and I have been binging whatever collections of hers I can find ever since. I was super excited to see she had a new release on Netgalley.
I like that this collection has a theme and sticks with it. Mateer crafts her poetry, stitching each poem together with tales of Aphrodite as its backbone.
Aphrodite notes the romance novels piled by my bedside, their tattered covers and their dog-eared pages. She says “I thought you weren’t looking for love.” I say, “That doesn’t meant I’m not hoping it will find me.” I say, “Isn’t everyone looking for love.” She pauses for a long moment before she says, plainly, “No.”
I think with poetry that comes out now, it either works for you or it doesn’t. I have loved poetry for as long as I can remember and yes, I’m a huge supporter of the work but that doesn’t mean that everything is for me. The different styles poets these days have can go completely over my head. I seek poetry that speaks to me eternally 17 year old soul. The 17 year old girl spirit within me is who I use to judge if a collection works for me. The 17 year old girl with a stack of composition books hidden under her bed with poetry of her own scribbled onto the pages.
What Trista Mateer does, 17 year old Bree is a total fan of. Her poetry hits me in the gut, breaks my heart, stitches everything back together and leaves me completely empowered by the end of it all. This collection has passage upon passage that you should meditate on..
“I treat my greatest loves like seeds. When I’m ready, I put them down and I seldom look back at what has grown behind me. I keep my eyes trained ahead. There is always more ground to cover.”
There is an entire poem on shame that I highlighted the entire thing. It is brilliant and for anyone trying to grapple with shame, I can’t recommend reading this particular poem over and over again, and then some.
Treat yourself. Give it a try. This collection is absolutely worth it. There is something simple about Trista’s writing. Nothing over the top, but she is going to have your emotions all over the place. She is writing the poetry we need in 2019.