Honeybee by Trista MateerHoneybee by Trista Mateer


byTrista Mateer

Paperback | May 1, 2018

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You will meet people in your lifetime who demand to have poems written about them. It’s not something they say. It’s something about their hands, the shape of their mouths, the way they look walking away from you. Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the back and forth, the process of letting something go but not knowing where to put it down. Honeybee is putting it down. It’s small town girls and plane tickets, a taste of tenderness and honey, the bandage on the bee sting. It’s a reminder that you are not defined by the people you walk away from or the people who walk away from you. Consider Honeybee a memoir in verse, or at the very least, a story written by one of today's most confessional poets.
Trista Mateer is a poet from outside of Baltimore. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of four full length collections of poetry, and won the Goodreads Choice Award in 2015 with The Dogs I Have Kissed. She is currently working as a freelance editor but still manages to spend most of her time Googling cheap air fare and...
Title:HoneybeeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Central Avenue PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781771681360

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Adored This Beautiful poetry. It's like a romance novel in reverse, full of aching moments and gasping for the light. I adored it.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cathartic! Trista does a phenomenal job of describing the intensity of first love and what it means when that love ends. I found her writing to be very truthful, brilliant and reassuring to read. Very enjoyable and cathartic because it felt like a real experience. Perfect for The Broken Heart Club and those not wanting to feel alone in their pain.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I liked this collection, but I definitely did not love it. And to be completely honestly, I only fault this collection because it did not satisfy my own personal taste. Poetry is subjective so if you have your heart set on reading this, then don't let me review dissuade you. First of all, I would like to say that I think Trista Mateer is a very talented poet; however, I think because majority of these poems were inspired by her bitter breakup with her ex-girlfriend, the collection as a whole left me feeling like she was obsessed. Was she? Who knows. Probably not but that's how it read to me. I felt overwhelmed 15% in because it was just too much for one book. I couldn't really appreciate the other impactful messages she was trying to convey through her poetry because there was just too much written about her ex, and some of her poems seemed repetitive. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the formatting of her poetry and use of punctuation. Her poems read quite nicely, and I freaking loved all of the titles she gave to every poem. One of my favourite poems: Another Obligatory Poem Comparing A Girl To Something Consumable She was the whiskey: a hard hit with a slow burn I was the chase. Thanks a million to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC. Quotes are subject to change upon publication.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have poetry collection Trista has wisdom and a voice beyond her years. Her words are powerfully expressed and magnificently enhanced by whimsical drawings. Love this collection.
Date published: 2018-04-03

Editorial Reviews

"Trista writes about love so honestly. It's messy, reckless hope. It's sticky-fingered stubbornness. This collection is a must-read for any queer femme, and for anyone who has ever lost themselves in a feverish want.” —Clementine von Radics, author, Mouthful of Forevers