Author: Trista Mateer
No. of pages: Kindle; 160
Genre: Poetry, Romance, Non-fiction, LGBT
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: Expected June 1, 2018
Date Read: March 17, 2018
Having been previously described as an “aggressively personal poet”, Trista Mateer takes this to heart and then to paper in her first collection. Presented more or less in the order it was written, the poetry in Honeybee is in turns bitter, tender, and messy. Following the course of a little more than a year, the poems showcased in Honeybee chronicle the on-again off-again process of letting go. (Goodreads)
I was given this E-ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Over the past year, I’ve been more inclined to read poetry along the lines of r.h.Sin and Rupi Kaur. Trista Mateer can definitely fall into this category of poets who truly write from experience and hit topics such as love, loss, letting go, and reclaiming of self. Honeybee is one such documentation.
One thing I love about this book is that it doesn’t conform to any one pattern of poetry. There is no rhyme or reason, but it’s free. It can transform into anything, whether it be one sentence or a whole a page. It’s something that you can tell that it’s just one piece of a larger story and that you’re just seeing a piece of some greater emotion.
Overall, I thought it was good. I didn’t connect very well with some of the poems, but for others, it might just hit home.