Honeybee, Trista Mateer – Review

Hello humans! Poetry? Poetry? That’s not what I usually post?! Fun fact: I actually love poetry. Spoken word is one of my absolute favourite things, if I get down a spoken road hole on Youtube I will be there all night.

Honeybee Trista Mateer

Goodreads Summary:

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.

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I was interested in reading this collection because I loved the cover, I’m not going to lie to you. I was sold on this collection as soon as the author mentioned Andrea Gibson, who has moved me to tears on more than one occasion. I was utterly convinced as soon as I read the first poem.

This collection is such a journey. It could be read on multiple levels. At face value, it’s the story of someone really not handling a break-up. On a deeper level, this is a story of healing, of changing, and of holding onto some of the past because it’s not realistic to expect to let go.

Poetry is such a subjective thing, it’s hard to anticipate how someone else will read them, and it’s difficult, therefore, for me to tell you that you should read this collection or that you are going to love it because honestly some people just won’t. But if you are like me, and you appreciate a good metaphor and a heartwrenching final line then you should definitely check out this collection.

My rating: 4/5 stars

I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What say you? Are you also into poetry? What else should I read? Let me know in the comments below!


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