Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista MateerAphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

Aphrodite Made Me Do It

byTrista Mateer

Paperback | October 1, 2019

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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.
Trista Mateer is the award-winning and bestselling author of the poetry collections Honeybee and The Dogs I Have Kissed. She currently lives in a house by the sea in New Jersey; and when she’s not wrangling her cat, Honeybun, she stares out at the water and waits for the words to wash ashore.
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Title:Aphrodite Made Me Do ItFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2019Publisher:Central Avenue PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771681748

ISBN - 13:9781771681742

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love the feminine power Aphrodite is a Greek goddess associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion and sex. The mother of Eros and lover of Adonis, she is a character of mythology that many would say they are familiar with. And yet, Mateer presents a different side to the goddess we think we know. If you love the feminine power that Lovelace portrays in her own poetry collections, you will love this gorgeously written collection of poems. The poetry is split between prose from Aphrodite's POV, as well as from the author, written to the goddess of love. It speaks of love in every sense of the word - for yourself and others; living with or without; yearning for it; having it; losing it. It is a collection that is both strong and delicate, powerful yet raw. This is absolutely a new favourite in the world of poetry for me. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the digital advanced reader's copy of this book! All my thoughts are my own. All trigger warnings: body image, sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, queerphobia, emotional abuse, physical abuse, gore, blood, death, fire. "Aphrodite Made Me Do It" is a poetry collection speaking about the journey towards self-love after trauma, told from two alternating perspectives over the course of eight sections: the perspective of the author, known as "The Poet," as well as from the perspective of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess. The emotions form the author are completely alive on the pages from the very beginning: anger, hurt, fear, as well as the will to survive their past traumas, the will to love themselves, within both perspectives throughout the entire collection. It felt as if Mateer was speaking directly to me as I read this book. The poems from Aphrodite's perspective are stories spun from both the original histories we know of the Greek Goddess as well as stories Mateer has made herself that fit within the origin tales, making these sections very entertaining, coming off like ancient myths themselves. Aphrodite's poems also mention other villanized and typically negatively-seen mythical and religious woman within the poems, such as Eve, Pandora, and Medusa. Adding more mythical female figures created a mini fictional world, told from a females gaze, giving these myth-like poems extra dimension. While Aphrodite's sections are shaped from original tales, modern feminism, and the anger that is the backbone of this collection, "The Poet" sections contain Mateer's own experiences and feelings with no myths to embellish them, making the experience of reading them incredibly raw, and sober, clear-headed, taking on their past by the horns and laying them out for the reader to feel and digest for themselves. One of my favourites: "I knew love could draw blood/ and I still never went into it/ with bandages in mind." The art Mateer has made for this book is absolutely incredible, made with mixed media consisting of photographs (with diverse faces), collage, and illustrations. The artwork screams in sync with the poems, reflecting the mood of the poems it was placed near in the book using words, colour and the subjects of the artwork (one of my favourites: "change is normal" written in blue over a black background, surrounded by illustrated phases of the moon). Overall, this collection of poems is incredible. The author's emotions leap out off the page and grab you the moment you begin reading, whether from the Poet of from Aphrodite. "Aphrodite Made Me Do It" hurt to read at times, but is worth it, and I will be writing several of the poems in this book in my notebooks just because they're that amazing.
Date published: 2019-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Thank you Netgalley for an e-arc. This book was so much more then I expected. This is a book I think everyone needs at some point in their lives. It said everything I needed to hear and so much more. I really wish this would've been around when I was a teenager. It would've helped me a lot. I will be buying copies for myself and my 4 daughters.
Date published: 2019-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Angry, Tender This is a beautiful, angry, tender collection of poetry, prose, and art. It is split into different sections, some from Aphrodite's perspective and some from the author's, some about war and some about love and some about healing. It's a very quick read, but I found it quite lovely and affecting. The artwork really elevates the work as a whole-- there were several I'd love to have prints of.
Date published: 2019-10-08

Editorial Reviews

"Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a gentle scream from outside of your window. You will find grace between these pages and a little sadness, too—the kind that makes flowers grow in all of the places you need them most." —Wilder, author of Nocturnal