“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 will make you believe in the possibility of your own healing.”
- Edition: Trade paperback
- Release Date: October 1st, 2019
- Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
- Page Count: 224
- Genre: Poetry
- ISBN: 9781771681742
My Rating: 4 stars ★★★★ out of ★★★★★ stars (4/5)
I was kindly sent an e-arc of this book by the publisher through Edelweiss. Thank you, Central Avenue Publishing!
I’ve never been a huge fan of modern poetry. I’ve read Rupi Kaur’s book and I’ve loved Amanda Lovelace’s books. I received Honeybee by Trista Mateer as a gift and have yet to read it but that might change. I had already heard such good things about Aphrodite Made Me Do It so I decided to snag it for review and WOW, that was a great read.
I read poetry quickly so I sat outside in the nice weather (it finally hit the low 60s!) and devoured this book. I love how this book connects the story of Aphrodite but also intertwines personal writing in there as well. If anything, this poetry book is a perfect feminist read. It immediately reminded me a bit of Sylvia Plath’s writing (not her poetry) and that’s a compliment. This book manages to show so much growth while still remaining consistent with it’s theme and creating a beautiful story with poetry.
I highlighted several different poems, but here are some of my highlighted quotes/poems:
- “They called me a hundred different names, an epithet for everything. Couldn’t even bother trying to comprehend it all together– that I could be bloody and beautiful, that I could be divine and approachable.”
- “Aphrodite tells me that love is like wine. If your cup is already full and you try to add more, it will just spill onto the carpet. Some people try and try and just stain everything. Their fingers are purple with want.”
- “To love something deeply is only to know that you will go to great lengths to protect it.”
- “She says, if you were only meant to be beautiful, we wouldn’t have put you down here in the dirt.”
and so many more. The writing is so lyrical and gorgeous that it’s easy to love. Anyone who loves a good feminist poet or is interested in mythology will love this! I’ll be looking forward to this author’s next releases!
*please note I read an unfinished copy so these quotes might have been changing within the original copy*
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