Aphrodite Made Me Do It
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.

Aphrodite Made Me Do It Details

TitleAphrodite Made Me Do It
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherCentral Avenue Publishing
Rating
GenrePoetry, Fantasy, Mythology, LGBT

Aphrodite Made Me Do It Review

  • Teodora
    January 1, 1970
    There are periods in my life when all I need is for poetry books like this to exist. It is an authentic dialogue between the poet and Goddess Aphrodite on various themes like love and hate. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC! I appreciate it dearly!
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    This book felt like peering into someone's art journal it was so gorgeous. I loved the themes in it and I thought it was the perfect mix of melancholy yet helpful. I hope this book is the next milk & honey and i can't wait to buy a physical copy
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    To sing of loveis almost alwaysto sing of war. This is easily one of the best poetry collections — maybe the best — I have ever read. I am older than the poetsand I am older than the pens.I am older than the starsand the ocean I crawled out of. It’s a story of assault, and survival, and having our stories rewritten without our consent. It’s worship and blasphemy, anger and heartache, capped off with tenderness and self-love and learning to cherish yourself no matt/> To sing of loveis almost alwaysto sing of war. This is easily one of the best poetry collections — maybe the best — I have ever read. I am older than the poetsand I am older than the pens.I am older than the starsand the ocean I crawled out of. It’s a story of assault, and survival, and having our stories rewritten without our consent. It’s worship and blasphemy, anger and heartache, capped off with tenderness and self-love and learning to cherish yourself no matter how many people in your life have failed to do so. I belong to no one. They never wrote that part down. Among all these other things, it’s an incredible view on many infamous women of mythology, and it gives a voice to the sides of their stories that we all too often overlook. It plays a strong parallel to the sides of stories from everyday women today society would have us overlook, too, and it’s powerful. Don’t miss out on this one. They made a monsterof Medusa as well.Hated how loudher trauma was.Couldn’t believeshe had the audacityto not take it lying down.They made a war-groundof her bodyso she made oneof theirs. TWs: assault, homophobia, transphobiaAll quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "My grief for her was like a circle. I always came around to missing her."Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a feminist poetry collection about love, loss, insecurity, pain, and empowerment. It's also a retelling of Aphrodite's story. I read the NetGalley proof on my kindle which for some annoying reason always means that it messes up the lines and images, but I liked the design and style anyway. The poetry itself - especially the parts about rewriting Aphrodite's story far away from the male gaze - was intrigui/>Aphrodite "My grief for her was like a circle. I always came around to missing her."Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a feminist poetry collection about love, loss, insecurity, pain, and empowerment. It's also a retelling of Aphrodite's story. I read the NetGalley proof on my kindle which for some annoying reason always means that it messes up the lines and images, but I liked the design and style anyway. The poetry itself - especially the parts about rewriting Aphrodite's story far away from the male gaze - was intriguing, but it didn't capture me for long. It was a short read with beautiful words, but at the same time, it felt like scrolling through someone's poetry-inspired Instagram feed - pretty but easily forgotten.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Boston
    January 1, 1970
    TW for rape, abuse, sexual assault, death, eating disorders, gore, blood, queerphobiaI don’t know what I expected when I started this collection. I don’t even quite know how to review it. Never has a poetry collection made me feel things so deep in my soul that it feels like I’ve dived deeper than the ocean floor. This book wrapped me in a blanket, handed me a mug of hot coco and said “You’ll be okay. And here’s why”. It was gentle but it was fierce and it was strong and it was every TW for rape, abuse, sexual assault, death, eating disorders, gore, blood, queerphobiaI don’t know what I expected when I started this collection. I don’t even quite know how to review it. Never has a poetry collection made me feel things so deep in my soul that it feels like I’ve dived deeper than the ocean floor. This book wrapped me in a blanket, handed me a mug of hot coco and said “You’ll be okay. And here’s why”. It was gentle but it was fierce and it was strong and it was everything I needed right now.I can’t tell you you’ll love this collection. It feels so deeply personal that I genuinely don’t know if you will. But if you’re struggling, and everything feels hard, then preorder this one, because it’s a good one. (Huge thanks to the publisher who sent me a copy to read in exchange for a review)
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  • Jessica C Writes
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an incredible collection of poetry and prose. I could not put it down once I started it. Trista’s words have the ability to make you feel so many emotions at once. This collection was extremely powerful and beautiful. I know that I will be purchasing a final copy as soon as it comes out, but I am extremely grateful to have been given an advanced copy. I will now be shouting about its greatness to all of my friends- poetry loving or not. If you yourself are not a big poetry reader, This was such an incredible collection of poetry and prose. I could not put it down once I started it. Trista’s words have the ability to make you feel so many emotions at once. This collection was extremely powerful and beautiful. I know that I will be purchasing a final copy as soon as it comes out, but I am extremely grateful to have been given an advanced copy. I will now be shouting about its greatness to all of my friends- poetry loving or not. If you yourself are not a big poetry reader, this is a great place to start as it is a quick read and contains lots of prose as well. I am still in awe of how amazing the words on the pages were, and I could only hope that one day my own collection will be as eloquent as this one. Adding it to my shelf of favorite poetry books right away.
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. I want to give young, new poets a chance and I am always looking for new talent, but every time I try them out, I end up disappointed. I think it's great that so many people can turn to writing to express their thoughts, heal from their pasts, and fight for social justices. But this new wave of poets and their poetry seem to read more like diary entries or Instagram posts than poems.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for/>I I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. I want to give young, new poets a chance and I am always looking for new talent, but every time I try them out, I end up disappointed. I think it's great that so many people can turn to writing to express their thoughts, heal from their pasts, and fight for social justices. But this new wave of poets and their poetry seem to read more like diary entries or Instagram posts than poems.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Lost in Book Land
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome Back,Being totally 100% honest I have not read a lot of poetry collections of poetry in general. As a kid, I loved those Shel Silverstein books that were his big bind ups of his poetry works and they were fun silly poems. I would check them out of the library again and again. As I have gotten older I have had more of an interest in reading more poetry and have put the Princess Saves Herself in This One and others on my Amazon book wish list (meaning I will purchase them at so Welcome Back,Being totally 100% honest I have not read a lot of poetry collections of poetry in general. As a kid, I loved those Shel Silverstein books that were his big bind ups of his poetry works and they were fun silly poems. I would check them out of the library again and again. As I have gotten older I have had more of an interest in reading more poetry and have put the Princess Saves Herself in This One and others on my Amazon book wish list (meaning I will purchase them at some point). But other than this I really have not had much experience with poetry as a whole. Recently, on Netgalley I was given a copy of Aphrodite Made Me Do It in exchange for an honest review. So I was really excited to get to finally try some more poetry. SPOILERS AHEADIn this poetry collection, the authors uses a lot of imagery both with pictures and words to create not only empowering poems but empowering images that tell a story. Now I am not sure if this story is about the author but I will say a lot of these poems were very empowering and amazing and helped to feel like it was okay to let go of things. Also, the illustrations in this collection weather they were just images or images with a mix of words were probably my favorite thing. If I could I would literally get prints of these for my home. I felt like the images spoke so loudly about the poems, the author, and important things in today's world that maybe I have felt or greatly understood at some point in my life. Overall, I really enjoyed this poetry collection, and I have already gone back and looked at some of the images again. I am definitely giving this five stars on Goodreads. Also, I am sorry if this review seems a little scattered compared to normal, I did not want to say too much or too little but I did want to express how much I truly enjoyed this. **Received an ARC in Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Veronika
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book felt like I was talking to Aphrodite herself, about her life, loves, strength, and pains. I felt really close to her while reading. And then, I also found myself in this book. My worries and fears, but more importantly, my light, joy, and acceptance. I really liked the format it was in, changing perspectives of the Goddess and the author, switching between written poems and poems in pictures. After I finished this, I felt in peace with myself as I haven’t felt in a long time. I Reading this book felt like I was talking to Aphrodite herself, about her life, loves, strength, and pains. I felt really close to her while reading. And then, I also found myself in this book. My worries and fears, but more importantly, my light, joy, and acceptance. I really liked the format it was in, changing perspectives of the Goddess and the author, switching between written poems and poems in pictures. After I finished this, I felt in peace with myself as I haven’t felt in a long time. I loved Trista’s previous books and this one is not an exception; it was honest and pure and magical. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • kippen (uponthepages)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was sent to me by the publisher but all opinions are my own. 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 th This book was sent to me by the publisher but all opinions are my own. 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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  • sarah xoxo
    January 1, 1970
    "it was my blood that made the roses red.My pain shaped the whole world"I tend to find it difficult to connect to poetry collections, but this one hit differently. Her writing was raw, and evoked strong emotions from me. Told partly from the perspective of Aphrodite, it had a magical, godly feel to it that added another layer I haven't read before. "I am older than the stars and the ocean I crawled out of"Trista Mateer provides Aphrodite, and numerous other goddesses with the voic "it was my blood that made the roses red.My pain shaped the whole world"I tend to find it difficult to connect to poetry collections, but this one hit differently. Her writing was raw, and evoked strong emotions from me. Told partly from the perspective of Aphrodite, it had a magical, godly feel to it that added another layer I haven't read before. "I am older than the stars and the ocean I crawled out of"Trista Mateer provides Aphrodite, and numerous other goddesses with the voices that were taken from them. "They married me off in the stories so they could call me an adulteress, but I brought the god of war to his knees"This collection was empowering, ethereal and exquisite. The full colour photos and illustrations were a wonderful addition as well. I highlighted so many poems and quotes from this, which will stick with me for a long time coming. 4.75 stars *** I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review ***
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  • Kristin Ogarp
    January 1, 1970
    " *I didn't forget how to fight for myself. I forgot that I could. * "This was everything that I needed right now. This poetry collection explore a lot of different topics surrounding femininity and more. It dose it in a way were it's not only surface level. No, I felt that. I really like the way Mateer expressed herself as well as choices of words and writing style. It is written in a pretty way but convey real, hurtful and dark topics which is my favorite combination. I also " *I didn't forget how to fight for myself. I forgot that I could. * "This was everything that I needed right now. This poetry collection explore a lot of different topics surrounding femininity and more. It dose it in a way were it's not only surface level. No, I felt that. I really like the way Mateer expressed herself as well as choices of words and writing style. It is written in a pretty way but convey real, hurtful and dark topics which is my favorite combination. I also really liked the red thread through out the story always connecting back to Aphrodite and how the people have painted her for years, in the same way we have painted women.Beautiful.- Digital arc received by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review -
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  • •°• gabs •°•
    January 1, 1970
    leaving it unrated because i didn't love it but it's still a very important read
  • ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
    January 1, 1970
    thank you SO much to my dear friend, kerri (kerrithebookbelle), for getting me a personalized copy of my new favorite poetry book of all time. so I’m not particularly familiar with what people call ~*emotions*~ but modern poetry always pulls at my dusty heartstrings. this is no different. the basic theme of the collection is following our narrator who has endured abuse & lost the meaning of love as she finds the goddess aphrodite in her room. aphrodite then (as the feminist, lgbt icon she is thank you SO much to my dear friend, kerri (kerrithebookbelle), for getting me a personalized copy of my new favorite poetry book of all time. so I’m not particularly familiar with what people call ~*emotions*~ but modern poetry always pulls at my dusty heartstrings. this is no different. the basic theme of the collection is following our narrator who has endured abuse & lost the meaning of love as she finds the goddess aphrodite in her room. aphrodite then (as the feminist, lgbt icon she is) explains the power of love and forgiveness to our narrator. I don’t want to spoil the book because I need you all to preorder this book STAT. but I will include some of my favorites so I can convince you to pick this up:“they married me off in the stories So they could call me an adulteress, but I brought the god of war to his knees”“they colored me pink and wrapped me in flowers. they scrubbed the dirt from under my nails”“they made a war-ground of her body so she made one of theirs”I HIGHLY recommend this to EVERY queer person & ally for the LGBTQIA+ community if you’re in the place to read it (trigger warnings at the bottom) its a beautiful story about forgiveness, dealing with past trauma, and accepting yourself. it’s beautiful, it’s heart wrenching, and it HAS A HAPPY ENDING !!!!the book itself is stunning too with illustrations and typography from the poet herself. all in all, I can’t recommend this book enough. I know I have a bias through my goddess but everyone can use some love in their life.((trigger warnings: body image, sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, queerphobia, emotional abuse, physical abuse, gore, blood, death, fire))
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    [I received a copy of this to review through Netgalley] Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a collection written as interactions between the poet and Aphrodite, relating to love in all its forms and breaking down the misconceptions towards Aphrodite throughout history and how her image has been twisted and corrupted. I found that the poetry told from Aphrodite's perspective was what I enjoyed most about this collection. I find the breakdown of Goddesses in particular fascinating in modern writing, to see [I received a copy of this to review through Netgalley] Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a collection written as interactions between the poet and Aphrodite, relating to love in all its forms and breaking down the misconceptions towards Aphrodite throughout history and how her image has been twisted and corrupted. I found that the poetry told from Aphrodite's perspective was what I enjoyed most about this collection. I find the breakdown of Goddesses in particular fascinating in modern writing, to see their stories written from a female perspective, and Trista Mateer does a wonderful job of making her more than what she has been sees as throughout history. Aphrodite becomes a force of nature who sees love as a strength rather than a weakness, who also talks about how it can be destructive and unhealthy, and how finding love that isn't toxic is important. Her voice is blunt and doesn't shy away from the truth, which sets her apart from the fragility of the poet who is still coming to understand the intricacies of love. As I received this as a Netgalley arc, a lot of the structure was, of course, lost in the file translation, but I still really enjoyed the way it was set out on the page. I loved the images scattered throughout, almost like looking into someone's journal, but at times they came across as quite basic and lacked the same impact as the more hardhitting poems in the collection. My one major issue that stopped me from enjoying this completely was how repetitive the poetry is. It's the same structure throughout, with short sentences and an overuse of the same grammar and punctuation, and it's just so... boring. There's no variation in the way the poems are presented a lot of the time, which makes me feel like we're not getting to see Trista Mateer's full ability as a poet. She has talent, you can see that in the emotions and messages behind her poetry, how raw they can be, it just feels like form is holding her back a lot. I would recommend this collection, but I don't think many of the poems will stick with me, just the way a Goddess so significant in mythology and throughout history has been portrayed. It's rare to see Aphrodite explored without making her seem flat compared to other Goddesses.
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  • Katherine Stargazing
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really nice short collection of prose and poems about self-growth, self-acceptance, and healing. The author resurrects Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, to tell the story of the wild goddess Aphrodite was before she was forced into obedience, her stories were re-written, and she became the embodiment of beauty and love. "I wept at what became of my name." The author uses Aphrodite's tales to show how women were always forced to morph, bury themselves, to become acceptable. She uses her example to This is a really nice short collection of prose and poems about self-growth, self-acceptance, and healing. The author resurrects Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, to tell the story of the wild goddess Aphrodite was before she was forced into obedience, her stories were re-written, and she became the embodiment of beauty and love. "I wept at what became of my name." The author uses Aphrodite's tales to show how women were always forced to morph, bury themselves, to become acceptable. She uses her example to provoke women to be loud, to be heard, because we aren't born to stay quiet. This book teaches you a lesson on love; how the most important kind of love is the one that you give to yourself. It talks of abusive love, sexual assault, queer- shaming, being insecure and afraid to love, being afraid of being hurt again. It also talks about body image, mental health, and healing. "The battles you fight will not always be loud, bloody affairs. Sometimes they will happen in your own home. Sometimes they will happen in your own head. Just remember: you have in you what it takes to overcome." I enjoyed more the prose that the poetry in this collection. The thoughts the author shared with us are very powerful and I admire her determination and fearlessness to being able to speak so freely. Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing me e-ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review. I solemnly swear that all opinions are my own.
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  • Jade Melody
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review.Expected Release: October 1st 2019 **Trigger Warnings** Body Image, Sexual Assault, Rape, Eating Disorders, Queer-phobia, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Gore, Blood, Death. I love poetry. I discovered Trista Mateer by finding out about one of her other works, The Dogs I Have Kissed. I know little to nothing about what this about about but I know it's a poetry book and the title itself makes me want to read it. Then I fou Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review.Expected Release: October 1st 2019 **Trigger Warnings** Body Image, Sexual Assault, Rape, Eating Disorders, Queer-phobia, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Gore, Blood, Death. I love poetry. I discovered Trista Mateer by finding out about one of her other works, The Dogs I Have Kissed. I know little to nothing about what this about about but I know it's a poetry book and the title itself makes me want to read it. Then I found this Trista Mateer book on Net Galley and was lucky enough to be given a copy of it.This is the poetry that I feel I don't read enough of; The raw and authentic. This is the kind of poetry that opens my eyes to the perspective of other people. How they live their lives and how others treat them. How they suffer and how they survive. Trista Mateer did a beautiful job interweaving different poetic thoughts with mythological references and metaphors. It made it somewhat mythical and just out of reach while still touching the back of my mind with the hard hitting topics that are looked over too often in society. The write about such experiences is real and it's important to me, and I hope to others, to know the thoughts of these people. The ones discriminated by family, the ones abused by others, the ones with the internal struggles, or even all of these mixed together. I'm trying not to glorify it, but I think it's important people know the authentic stories, the plasters created by people who have no idea what it means to deal with these hard hitting subjects. I just want to thank Trista Mateer for writing this and I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to read this. It truly was a beautiful and poetic story. I am definitely going to pick up the other things Trista Mateer has written because of this book. Pre-Review Beautiful.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you very much to Central Avenue Publishing for providing a copy of this collection of poetry in exchange for an honest review. "I stand in awe of your survival." Aphrodite Made Me Do It is such an amazing collection of poetry. Actually, I'd say this is probably my favourite collection of poetry, just behind Sappho's Fragments. I read it in one sitting and then I went back and read it all over again. What I especially love is that the collection is framed around Aphrodite and the author having a conv/> Thank you very much to Central Avenue Publishing for providing a copy of this collection of poetry in exchange for an honest review. "I stand in awe of your survival." Aphrodite Made Me Do It is such an amazing collection of poetry. Actually, I'd say this is probably my favourite collection of poetry, just behind Sappho's Fragments. I read it in one sitting and then I went back and read it all over again. What I especially love is that the collection is framed around Aphrodite and the author having a conversation with her, listening about her life. I've always loved Ancient Greek myths, particularly the ones that involve women: my favourite is the story of Medusa, which we briefly read about here. Most recently, I've been enjoying relearning these myths from a modern and feminist perspective, which Mateer definitely does -- along with poems about her own personal life mixed in with Aphrodite's. "Men wrote stories of my birth as if they were standing on the shore when I was spat up onto it. They picked up their pens and waxed poetic and nobody questioned it. Nobody asked me instead." The poems are about trauma and assault, but also about empowerment, self discovery and inner strength. I really enjoyed the inclusion of artwork as part of the poems, which were very beautiful and necessary to the story. This was my first experience with Mateer's poetry, and it definitely won't be my last. Also trigger warnings (which are included in the book) for: sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, queerphobia, body image issues, emotional abuse, physical abuse, gore, blood, death, fire.Even though I received a free copy of this collection, I will definitely be purchasing a physical copy so I can annotate it (and cry over it). If you've ever been interested in poetry, but didn't know where to start, I recommend this collection for a beginner!
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  • Anwen Hayward
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed and appreciated this collection. As soon as I realised it was an illustrated collection, I did begin to worry that it would be yet another Milk and Honey ripoff, but I'm glad that I was wrong. It was much, much more than that. For me, possibly because I'm a Classicist, the poems about Aphrodite were by far the strongest. I would happily read a whole book of poetry from her point of view written by this author. Her voice w ARC received in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed and appreciated this collection. As soon as I realised it was an illustrated collection, I did begin to worry that it would be yet another Milk and Honey ripoff, but I'm glad that I was wrong. It was much, much more than that. For me, possibly because I'm a Classicist, the poems about Aphrodite were by far the strongest. I would happily read a whole book of poetry from her point of view written by this author. Her voice was so incisive and brutal that whenever the 'poet' took over, I was almost disappointed. That's not to say that those poems were bad, but they seemed much less original; I've read Mateer's work before, and a lot of them could honestly have been copied and pasted from other collections. There's only so many ways to rewrite the same poem about self care and believing in yourself, I think. For that reason, I much preferred the beginning of this collection. Although Mateer herself states that she's tired of writing poems about her trauma ('fuck another poem [...]') and wants to write about healing instead, the truth is that the poetry about healing was almost trite and much less original than the poetry about Medusa's violation, or Aphrodite's misrepresentation. That's by no means to say that poets should only write about darkness, but it almost felt like Mateer's heart wasn't in the latter half. As though she felt she should be writing a certain kind of collection which had a cohesive narrative from trauma to recovery. I may well be wrong about that, but it didn't feel as authentic to me.That said, I did love how there was an over-arching theme in this collection. Leaving it on a positive note was a clever move, and it felt hopeful rather than dark and unending. The actual writing is beautiful; I highlight lines that I love when I'm reading, and I must've highlighted a good quarter of the book. Trista Mateer is clearly a huge talent, and I eagerly await whatever else she publishes.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is definitely going on my list of favourite poetry collections, and it gets extra points for having a list of trigger warnings at the beginning. I really wish that was normalised for all books. (The list is: body image, sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, queerphobia, emotional abuse, physical abuse, gore, blood, death, fire.)The world was full of men who called themselves heroes for crossing boundaries, claim/>The I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is definitely going on my list of favourite poetry collections, and it gets extra points for having a list of trigger warnings at the beginning. I really wish that was normalised for all books. (The list is: body image, sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, queerphobia, emotional abuse, physical abuse, gore, blood, death, fire.)The world was full of men who called themselves heroes for crossing boundaries, claiming bodies like prizes. The world still is.Trista Mateer blends mythology with present, and discusses abuse, rape, body image, queerphobia, but most of all healing, letting go and finding joy. In a way, this is also a retelling of Greek myths, with Aphrodite and the poetess taking turns speaking. There are also wonderful illustrations and reimagined Tarot cards that I loved - I especially love The Lovers card.Read this book. Because you too deserve to have a goddess help you heal.We thrive bestlike gardens,not singular plantsin lonely pots
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  • Bree Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Trista Mateer is writing the poems we need and deserve in 2019.'I'm still trying to figure out who I am alone so that I know who I am in front of other people.'This collection is full of page upon page, passage after passage of poems to meditate on. Poems that give you the okay to put shame to rest and poems to remind you to forgive yourself.I highlighted the entire 'abridged list of things to let go of if you want to be happy,' poem.I haven't read Trista Mateer is writing the poems we need and deserve in 2019.'I'm still trying to figure out who I am alone so that I know who I am in front of other people.'This collection is full of page upon page, passage after passage of poems to meditate on. Poems that give you the okay to put shame to rest and poems to remind you to forgive yourself.I highlighted the entire 'abridged list of things to let go of if you want to be happy,' poem.I haven't read a collection of hers yet that I didn't love and she continues to not disappoint. I can't wait to hold a copy of this in my hands. October can't come fast enough!
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very thought-provoking, beautifully written and structured poetry collection. I hadn't read anything by the author before, but I have been wanting to read more poetry, and this turned out to be an excellent choice. There's a lot of heavy, emotional content, but a lot of empowering content as well.There are two "main characters": the poet, writing about her own experience with love and life, and Aphrodite, talking about her own life and giving advice/having a conversation wi This is a very thought-provoking, beautifully written and structured poetry collection. I hadn't read anything by the author before, but I have been wanting to read more poetry, and this turned out to be an excellent choice. There's a lot of heavy, emotional content, but a lot of empowering content as well.There are two "main characters": the poet, writing about her own experience with love and life, and Aphrodite, talking about her own life and giving advice/having a conversation with the poet. I thought this worked really well, and it made for some very insightful poems.My absolute favourite part of this poetry collection, being aromantic, was seeing such an inclusive portrayal of love. Often, love is reduced to romantic love, and this paints a very limited picture, but here, it was wonderful to see it portrayed as any type of love for any person.Another favourite part of this book is that there's full colour art in it, which really adds a lot to the poems as well. I absolutely loved some of the art, especially the work that was combined with text, as it was very provocative and combined really well with the textual content.The book lists the following CWs: body image, sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, queerphobia, emotional abuse, physical abuse, gore, blood, death, fireAdditional CWs: trauma, mental illness
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  • Anna Louise
    January 1, 1970
    "Love knows no face. Love knows no gender. Love knows no sexuality. Love knows only love."Thank you to Net Galley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on Kindle and paperback on October 1st. This book took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. It was not only beautifully laid out with stunning illustrations, photos and art, but the writing - the writing was out of this world. I knew I was going to love this but I wasn't prepared f "Love knows no face. Love knows no gender. Love knows no sexuality. Love knows only love."Thank you to Net Galley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on Kindle and paperback on October 1st. This book took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. It was not only beautifully laid out with stunning illustrations, photos and art, but the writing - the writing was out of this world. I knew I was going to love this but I wasn't prepared for just how much. It follows the point of view of both the poet and Aphrodite, in such a lyrical way. I'm incredibly thankful that there were trigger warnings at the very beginning, which all books should have in my opinion.The trigger warnings for this are:Body image, sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, queerphobia, emotional abuse, gore, blood, death. It said everything I've ever wanted to say about my own mental health issues, the questions and thoughts I churn over and over in my head, my body issues, past relationships, and past trauma.This book promotes self healing, and being in a safe place, and for me this has become a way for me to heal, which is a constant journey. It's something I will definitely keep coming back to when I buy the paperback copy.
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  • Beatriz
    January 1, 1970
    "You're made of the same stars as me. You may not have walked fully formed out of the ocean but he past is the past for a reason. Nothing that came before matters unless you want it to."To be perfectly honest, I knew little to nothing about this book going into it. From a very broad blurb and someone else's review, I formed this idea of a novel where the protagonist is encouraged by Aphrodite to give love another chance. In a way, the theme is still there, but the book proved to be s "You're made of the same stars as me. You may not have walked fully formed out of the ocean but he past is the past for a reason. Nothing that came before matters unless you want it to."To be perfectly honest, I knew little to nothing about this book going into it. From a very broad blurb and someone else's review, I formed this idea of a novel where the protagonist is encouraged by Aphrodite to give love another chance. In a way, the theme is still there, but the book proved to be so much more, using poetic prose and mixed media. Mateers's style of poetry is very reminiscent of the 2010's tumblr era, which made me relate to her writing even more. Mateer's achieves the perfect balance between acknowledging trauma and rising above it, and has found a way to deal with very difficult and triggering issues that does not make you want to look away. This is a book I didn't know I needed and one that I read at the perfect time. I expect I'll be re-reading this whenever I need reminding of some very important lessons. *thank you to netgalley, Central Avenue publishing, and Trista Mateer for providing me with an e-arc copy of this book*
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  • Brandon Forsyth
    January 1, 1970
    Trista Mateer is better than almost any of her contemporaries at blending the personal and the political. These are poems that hit you in a few different ways. I didn’t love the art as much here, but Mateer’s words are still exceptionally powerful. I loved the interplay between “the poet” and “Aphrodite” in this book, and it points an exciting way forward for one of today’s best poets.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Told in poetry and prose, Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a beautiful collection of work. It's raw and powerful, encompassing the perspectives of both the goddess and the poet. Both sides were equally enthralling. Among the poetry are relevant pictures that are beautiful and empowering. I highly recommend reading the physical version of this book. I plan on obtaining a copy after release. I feel like a digital format doesn't quite do it justice. It's definitely one of the better poetry collections I' Told in poetry and prose, Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a beautiful collection of work. It's raw and powerful, encompassing the perspectives of both the goddess and the poet. Both sides were equally enthralling. Among the poetry are relevant pictures that are beautiful and empowering. I highly recommend reading the physical version of this book. I plan on obtaining a copy after release. I feel like a digital format doesn't quite do it justice. It's definitely one of the better poetry collections I've read recently. Also, be warned that there are numerous trigger warnings for this work. The author has helpfully listed these before the intro.Thanks to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the eArc to review.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    "I belong to no one. They never wrote that part down." -----ARC received from publishers via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review----- "To sing of love is almost always to sing of war."
  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my review on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0o4q...Trista Mateer is my all-time favourite poet and someone whose work I have devoured in the past, so I was super grateful to Central Avenue Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC of Aphrodite Made Me Do It – I’m thrilled to be one of its early reviewers!One thing I loved about this book is that it takes one of the greatest strengths of Trista’s work – the mixed media elements – and turns it up to an eleven. If you follow this poet on Instagra Check out my review on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0o4q...Trista Mateer is my all-time favourite poet and someone whose work I have devoured in the past, so I was super grateful to Central Avenue Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC of Aphrodite Made Me Do It – I’m thrilled to be one of its early reviewers!One thing I loved about this book is that it takes one of the greatest strengths of Trista’s work – the mixed media elements – and turns it up to an eleven. If you follow this poet on Instagram, you’ll regularly see her showcasing her work in more visual forms, and Aphrodite Made Me Do It incorporates this really well. I don’t know whether this will be the case for physical copies, but the ARC I read was in full colour and full of incredible images that really make the book pop. Some of them are doodles and drawings, which is pretty common to see in modern poetry collections. Others are in the form of collages, made of photographs with text overlays and speech bubbles that gives the book kind of a pop-art feel. I really hope the finished copy has these images in full colour, because they’re really gorgeous and I felt they added an extra something to the book. The collection is split into sections and the poems in each part have a different speaker, alternating between the voice of the poet and the voice of the goddess Aphrodite. To be honest, the poems told from Aphrodite’s perspective didn’t really resonate with me – this is an issue I’ve had before with other collections, and I’ve come to the conclusion that poetry written from the perspective of mythological characters just really isn’t my thing. Perhaps this is due to my own complete lack of knowledge on the subject; I know nothing of Greek mythology and so the backstories of these characters are a mystery to me, and I feel this is something that stops me from connecting with these narratives. Perhaps if I were familiar with Aphrodite’s origins, I would feel differently. The poems told from Trista’s perspective felt more well-realised to me, and I found myself empathising with a lot of the sentiments expressed. This is a more positive collection than Honeybee, focusing more on growth, self-love and forgiveness, and I respect the poet a lot for taking a step back from her pain and exploring a different avenue. Of course, I adore the poems in her first book and I have felt such a visceral connection to them, but no art is worth tearing yourself apart for. There’s a lot less pain here, and that can only be a good thing. I noticed a stylistic difference in this book; this collection contains a great deal of micro-poetry, which is a form that isn’t necessarily my favourite but that Trista has always done well in my opinion. I would have maybe liked to see a little bit more variety, because I always loved the creativity in her different styles – there are some instances of that in Aphrodite Made Me Do it, but it did feel a bit less varied than her other works. This collection feels a little more simplistic and pared back, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes there’s power in simplicity. I do think that when the poems are so concise, it can be hard to convey things like individual writing style and tone, and as a result there are times when the book does feel a bit generic – but overall I liked it, and I definitely found there were a lot of times when I found myself nodding in agreement, or feeling sad and nostalgic. At the end of the day, I feel good poetry evokes an emotional response, and this book made me feel things. What more could I ask for?
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    "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."There was some real high points of mythology, teamed with cool / beautiful artwork throughout. Some poems were a sucker punch, only needing a line or two to deliver the impact; others take you on a journey through Aphrodite and a modern lens. But then some moments feel pl "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."There was some real high points of mythology, teamed with cool / beautiful artwork throughout. Some poems were a sucker punch, only needing a line or two to deliver the impact; others take you on a journey through Aphrodite and a modern lens. But then some moments feel plucked from a motivational handbook, too familiar; hard to get past the sense that they are pep talks seen before, or little boosts too common to feel quite as impactful. Overall though a surprising and interesting collection.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    That was phenomenal. Some parts didn’t vibe with me just because it’s not something I have personally dealt with. But oh man, so much of this spoke to my soul.
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