REVIEW: Aphrodite Made Me Do It, Trista Mateer

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

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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.

I do not read a lot of poetry.
I try, I do, but it always seems just outside of my grasp.
It makes me feel stupid, inexperienced, naive about the world; like it will only be at the end of my life, when I have been places and done things, that I will ever truly grasp what the depths of what is saying. Those things hiding beneath the surface of my shallow reading. I groan at imagery and metaphors that are far out of my reach and think, "maybe one day".
But, I am nearly twenty-five. Why isn't today that day? Where is the poetry for me? To enrich me, to enliven me? Poets my age writing experiences like mine?
I found all of those answers in Trista Mateer's collection. It is easily one of the best ones I have ever read - its poems are stark, honest; a portrait of pain and desire that spans the ages. They were beautiful, heartbreaking and outside of any of the words that I perhaps, will ever have in my limited vocabulary. Ones that I could draw on for strength; for a belief that someone, somewhere out there, felt the same things that I did.
It felt like coming home, like finding a friend, like - after a life of being alienated by poetry - I had finally found a poet that I understood and who understood me. Even those deep, dark parts that nobody else seems to.

star rating: five stars

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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