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The Dogs I Have Kissed

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,071 ratings  ·  289 reviews
Known for her eponymous blog and her confessional style of writing, this is Trista Mateer's second collection of poetry.
Paperback, second edition, 90 pages
Published June 24th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published May 25th 2015)
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Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I saw the poetry section in the goodreads choice awards 2015 and decided I'll read all the books.

This collection of poems started very powerfully, then became a bit tiresome with saltiness, knees, mouth, wetness and similar recurring motives. In every poem, I knew what's going to be mentioned or written about.

That is my only objection and cast aside, a pretty good book that I enjoyed. I'll copy some of my favourite parts below:

12% [...] I learned the word fuck from my mother's tongue,
as in fuck
Whitney Atkinson
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the better collections I've read in a while! The imagery in this was so impactful and really put me in her situation, and the emotion came through in this without being overly cheesy or sentimental. Sometimes there was a little too much repetition of a certain detail or metaphor, but otherwise, I thought this was lovely.

(spoiler alert: "dogs" is a metaphor for boys. i was upset. i kinda wanted a poetry book about dogs. *sigh*)
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
12 poems referencing teeth.
"There were flowers blooming between my teeth..."
"Strangers all stuck up in my teeth because I'm heart-hungry."
"Roll over in the bed and bare your neck to teeth"
"Tired of fighting but still fighters, we took to your sheets armed with skin and teeth."
"And you with your lungfuls of hope, teeth like slick wet promises every time you opened your mouth."
"It is easier to make myself the monster, to snap and bite and run and hide. It is easy to bare my teeth."...

And umpteen
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, 2017-reads
“The poet can’t stand the quiet. She can’t stand the buzzing in her head. The murmur of memory.
The poet picks up a book of poetry. It is not her writing but it reads the same way. It is not her story but the ending is similar enough to pass.
The poet tries to read a verse out loud and only tastes blood in her mouth.”
It started off nicely but became quite repetitive.
⊱ Poppy ⊰
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All the Girls out there.
Shelves: 2016, reviewed, poetry
I saw this Poetry book when it was awarded as a Best Poetry Book of 2015;

SO, obviously i was going to read it, duh!!

The Dogs I Have Kissed is a collection of poetry's,

Some very heart touching and heart warming,

and some will take your breath away by the sheer amount of honesty, &

the way it just touched where it hurts more.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself, i loved 90% of the poetry in this book. I read this book in literally in half an hour. I was that transfixed by it. <3

I would like to recomm
Onaiza Khan
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book is the definition of yearning...
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
As a warning for this book of poetry, I would not recommend it to anyone who shies away from sexual descriptions as this book focuses quite largely on sexual encounters.

The word mouth is used 43 times, the word teeth 14 and the word wet 7.

Why do I mention that? Well, I was enjoying this collection of poems until I noticed the fact they are incredibly repetitive. I haven't read a lot of poetry but I do enjoy this modern style, they usually hit hard for me. Some of the poems in this bind up did
Nicay │The Nerdy side of a Queen

Review originally posted at The Nerdy side of a Queen

The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer was a collection of short poems about love, hopeless romance and so many realizations in one. One day, I just found myself that I need to read some kind of poems like you were craving for a food that you really want to eat. I’ve been searching and searching until I found the last year’s winner of Goodreads choice for best poetry. Oh, and the binge reading starts.

So, this is what I had concluded; at the
Michelle Curie
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
"Don’t you ever let another human being tear you apart. Remember that you have claws and teeth, too."

Do you have those distant acquaintances, who will unexpectedly pour their hearts out to you whenever you randomly bump into each other on the street and then just won’t know when to stop? It makes me feel awkward and unfortunately this is exactly what reading The Dogs I Have Kissed was like.

I picked this up because it won the Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry in 2015 and I am still looking for
Noor Azeem
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving the book 4.5 stars, like the last one, but the weight of the 4.5 stars is different -- it comes from different places, still shows growth and maturity as a writer and person. These poems showcase heartbreak and heartache, love and pain, life experiences laid out in book format. The contents of the book seem to be carefully strung together rather than poems put together rapidly out of rage or loss or what have you (which wouldn't be a bad thing, just an altogether different experience) ...more
Rachel Drummond
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Dogs I Have Kissed" is yet another perfect example of what a poetry book should be. You sit down to do a little reading before bed and some time later you find yourself arriving at the last pages overwhelmingly sad, with a wet face and a sudden need to eat a gallon of ice cream. Trista breaks your heart and won't say sorry. But to be honest it's your own fault because you're the one that keeps going back and rereading each and every word that she has put down on paper. "The Dogs I have Kiss ...more
Chad O'Haver
Dec 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, poetry
Aspiring writers are commonly advised by those experienced in the field to write frequently, even daily if possible. After reading this, I am inclined to beg the author to stop writing.
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
3 “ It was good” Stars
I learned the word fuck from my mother’s tongue,
as in fucker, he fucking left me,
he fucking left.

I learned the word no from myself.
From somewhere deep in the pit of me,
it rose like some ancient thing and slunk its way out of my throat,

Will I ever let this guard down long enough to learn anything new?
Fuck no.

So this review is gonna be very brief and I will just say this.
The writing was good, the poems were nice but it was too many things my single ass couldn
Pam (The Girl Who Cried Books)
Some quotable lines that hit me home from my favorite piece from this book:

“I Forgive You for Not Meeting Me on the Bridge”

I keep thinking of when we met. Long-distance
phone calls. Those nights you used to lay on
your bedroom floor in the dark and I would muffle
my voice with pillows and blankets, hunkered down
in my own bed. We would talk until the sun was up here,
but three thousand miles away, you were still
a little behind me.
I guess it’s still like that. You are far enough behind
to love m
Angel Lozoya
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had just gotten out of my organic chemistry class and I sat on the bench that I always sit on to read. I thought, "I'll read a couple poems and then head back to my apartment." I couldn't stop reading it. I was lost in the pages. I missed my bus and I read the entire thing in one sitting. This book is full of heartbreak and bitterness all intricately laced together by a fury of informality and raw beauty. Pure human emotions that we all can relate to. Trista made me feel that weakness isn't an ...more
Jessica Gadziala
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I needed a poetry fix, this worked out nicely. KU. Solid... 4.25.
Stephanie Gillespie
This book of poetry spoke to me! While reading it I got goosebumps.
Lucy Baldock
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
“Don’t you ever let another human being tear you apart. Remember that you have claws and teeth, too.”

I maybe liked ten poems in this whole collection, if that. My favourite is “For Brittanie” not only did it use imaginative metaphors but had such a strong empowering message behind it. I wanted the rest of the collection to be like that but it started getting really repetitive for example the words “teeth” and “wet” were used a lot, it was okay the first two times but I’d have preferred other des
Alicia Cook
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I finally got around to reading this, and I am glad I did. I've connected with Trista on Twitter and I really like her - she's got talent.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is enjoying the modern poetry genre as we know it today. Her writing is feisty and her wordplay is impressive. A lot of these poems gave me a spoken word vibe, which I liked! She also does not write in the style of Rupi or Weed which is a breath of fresh air as many poets have taken to

like this
--ya know?

I gave
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
i enjoy Trista’s poetry a lot!! And I thought this was better than Honeybee :)
Brandon Chinn
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trista Mateer's previous book, her debut collection of poetry entitled Honeybee, was a breakout example of heartfelt poetry and the talent of baring the soul. I said that Honeybee 'demands things' and it did: It demanded your time, your heart, your soul, your emotions through a roller-coaster of meaningful yet painful poetry.

In her second collection, The Dogs I Have Kissed, the nature of the beast shifts a little, but only enough to bring out the best. Where Honeybee was a book about getting ov
Yena Purmasir
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dogs I Have Kissed is the kind of book you could read in one sitting and the kind of book you want to tuck underneath your pillow for a month. It's gripping and powerful and disturbingly honest. There are poems that are incredibly comforting and others that are so painful. Trista has the rare talent of writing poems that are both good and true. In terms of literary art, this chapbook is brilliant. Trista weaves together religious overtones with raw sensuality and heartache. She's so purposef ...more
Kanwal Mukhtar
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not my cup of tea. I wanted to say that this is what Sylvia Plath would have sounded like in 2015 but it really is not. It is more of a teenager whining and crying and being melodramatic like a teenager. And (having done my fair share of similarly whiny teenage poetry) even I, who is only stepping into my 20s, could see this book for what it was after reading only a couple of poems. The themes were meh, the imagery was meh, repetitive and after a while, a little repulsive; and the poems themselv ...more
Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)
This is kind of cool poetry. First few pages was really good, I mean stories you've kind of relate to. Some though I find very adult-content ones, like its so unrelatable for me since I think some of these poems happen to the author but it is quite entertaining to read in one sitting. One line that really struck me was this

"Don’t you ever let another human being tear you apart. Remember that you have claws and teeth, too.

Remember that you are better off whole."

That really is quite good and thi
Dec 13, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015, 2016
The best book I've read in years. Beautifully written poetry.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is extremely repetitive and quite frankly boring.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, contemporary
"The Dogs I Have Kissed" wasn't for me. I enjoyed a couple of the poems, but ultimately found it repetitive without rhythm, and reminiscent of middle school diary entries. It isn't a long book, but I found myself thinking, "If I have to hear about this person's coffee cup mouth one more time..." I have heard good things about the author's newer collection, "Honeybee," which I am interested in reading to see how her style evolves.

Also, total disclosure, I was half hoping these would be cute poems
a modern day charlie chaplin
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect to love this??? shit
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Trista never fails to amaze me with her breathtaking poetry and clear voice. She's the person who inspired me to go into professional poetry and pursue my writing as more than just a hobby. "The Dogs I Have Kissed" is a brutally honest collection of poetry and a breath of fresh air. Perfect for trying to get over someone while still allowing yourself to be tender.
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Trista Mateer is a writer and poet from outside of Baltimore, who could be living anywhere by the time you read this. She believes in lipstick, late nights, and cheap air fare. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of three collections of poetry. More of her work can be found at:
“Sometimes I think I resented you so much it felt like love.” 47 likes
“My hands are still shaking from
nights spent not knowing
how to want you.”
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