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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 make you believe in the possibility of your own healing.
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Val It's a book of poetry and art, so it doesn't really have a clear plot like many other books do. It's about the poet, and trauma and growth and gender …moreIt's a book of poetry and art, so it doesn't really have a clear plot like many other books do. It's about the poet, and trauma and growth and gender and relationships and self and forgiveness and many other things.(less)
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 Teodora
There are periods in my life when all I need is for poetry books like this to exist.
It is an authentic dialogue between the poet and Goddess Aphrodite on various themes like love and hate.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC! I appreciate it dearly!
Whitney Atkinson
This book felt like peering into someone's art journal it was so gorgeous. I loved the themes in it and I thought it was the perfect mix of melancholy yet helpful. I hope this book is the next milk & honey and i can't wait to buy a physical copy ...more
Emily B
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I felt this was lacking something, probably cohesion..
It does read like a scrapbook which I sort of like but it just didn’t hit the mark for me.
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, full-lengths
You rise like a phoenix
from the ashes of things that no longer serve you
I’m planning on reading modern poetry. I love this genre but don’t understand the classics. I think maybe I lack the background knowledge of the scenarios which were at the times of classical poets or I also lack the classical vocab too.

This is the main reasons why I love poetry. Poetry has more powerful vocab than our novels. And I love words. I’m literally trash for powerful/sounds-good words or rhyming lines
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Dannii Elle
"After a little time, men did what they always do. They didn’t try to understand, they tried to explain.

They made me earthly. They branded me woman. Then they saw things in me that didn’t mesh well with woman. They saw parts of me they didn’t understand and they broke them off. They called me a hundred different names, an epithet for everything. Couldn’t even bother trying to comprehend it all together—that I could be bloody and beautiful, that I could be divine and approachable. Men wrote the
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Kristy K
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019, arc, poetry
I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. I want to give young, new poets a chance and I am always looking for new talent, but every time I try them out, I end up disappointed. I think it's great that so many people can turn to writing to express their thoughts, heal from their pasts, and fight for social justices. But this new wave of poets and their poetry seem to read more like diary entries or Instagram posts than poems.

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an hones
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destiny ♡ howling libraries
To sing of love
is almost always
to sing of war.

This is easily one of the best poetry collections — maybe the best — I have ever read.

I am older than the poets
and I am older than the pens.
I am older than the stars
and the ocean I crawled out of.

It’s a story of assault, and survival, and having our stories rewritten without our consent. It’s worship and blasphemy, anger and heartache, capped off with tenderness and self-love and learning to cherish yourself no matter how many people in your
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aphrodite
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
REREAD 7/25/2020: I’m not crying, YOURE crying



thank you SO much to my dear friend, kerri (kerrithebookbelle), for getting me a personalized copy of my new favorite poetry book of all time.

so I’m not particularly familiar with what people call ~*emotions*~ but modern poetry always pulls at my dusty heartstrings. this is no different.

the basic theme of the collection is following our narrator who has endured abuse & lost the meaning of love as she finds the goddess aphrodite in her room. aphrod
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Boston
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TW for rape, abuse, sexual assault, death, eating disorders, gore, blood, queerphobia

I don’t know what I expected when I started this collection. I don’t even quite know how to review it.

Never has a poetry collection made me feel things so deep in my soul that it feels like I’ve dived deeper than the ocean floor. This book wrapped me in a blanket, handed me a mug of hot coco and said “You’ll be okay. And here’s why”. It was gentle but it was fierce and it was strong and it was everything I need
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Kai Spellmeier
"My grief for her was like a circle. I always came around to missing her."

Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a feminist poetry collection about love, loss, insecurity, pain, and empowerment. It's also a retelling of Aphrodite's story. I read the NetGalley proof on my kindle which for some annoying reason always means that it messes up the lines and images, but I liked the design and style anyway. The poetry itself - especially the parts about rewriting Aphrodite's story far away from the male gaze - was
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Eliza
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am deathless.
I will have no eulogy.


Freaking phenomenal.
Stephi
" It was my blood that made the roses red.
Did they tell you that?
My pain shaped the whole world. "


This is a story of trauma and tragedy, of heartache and being silenced. But also of survival and strength and self-love.

" They whittled me down
one piece at a time.

They took my anger.
They took my voice.
They took my story. "


Possibly the most beautiful and powerful poetry collection I have ever read.

" They made a monster
of Medusa as well.
Hated how loud
her trauma was.
Couldn't bel
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lobelyys
they catcalled me until people couldn't separate my name from sex

I really loved this. It gave me the chills, it made me cry and it gave me so many emotions that not many poem books were able to give me. I love mythology and the combination between it and poems is really good and the author did a really good job. I also loved the acknowledgment at the end, it made my day!

And thank you: for dog-earing pages, for highlighting your favourite lines, for sharing your stories with me, for sharing your
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cameron
May 05, 2021 added it
Shelves: poetry
(i don’t rate poetry) wow!! poetry on womanhood, healing, and those themes within greek mythology. it is also really interesting as it goes between the pov being of the author and being of the goddess aphrodite, but seeing themselves within eachother. it was truly beautiful and really nice to read, and i felt really seen by it. highly highly recommend.
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful poetry and even more beautiful art!
I loved the illustrations and pictures included in this book which I really think helped to highlight the lovely prose. I loved the perspective of these poems and writing style was great!
richa
Felt like I was going through someone's insta. Pretty hip cool. Some of them were formatted in a "modern" way and some had too many line breaks for a sentence. I can see the appeal but I don't share much enthusiasm. Cool covers, dark themes and pretty title. ...more
Adam Hasan
Sep 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
I wish you didn’t do it💓
Kobi
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Accepting this body
did not mean convincing myself
that it was beautiful; it meant
giving myself permission
to exist regardless.


I feel like I come out of most poetry/prose collections with generally the same thoughts and feelings. Each of them feels personal, almost as if reading another's diary, and they often deal with difficult content in beautiful ways which make you leave feeling empowered and strong. And while this can be viewed as beautiful for some, I don't think it was anything new. It
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bookswithmaddi
WHOA???? I’m SHOOK. This collection is phenomenal.
Julia Sapphire
3.75 stars

This collection is based around mythology and is also about strength, empowerment and self-appreciation. I am looking forward to picking up more of Trista Mateer's work as this was nicely done.
I quite enjoyed the discussion on labels and the images throughout. The topics of pain, abuse, depression, obedience, feminism and so much more were excellent. If you enjoy modern poetry this is a great one to check out.
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Emma
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars

I have seen the best and the worst of the world and I have not let that break me. You will not let it break you either.

I had heard great things about this poetry collection and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I appreciated how the different themes were dealt with and also the artwork that was included among the poems. If you're looking for a poetry collection, I totally recommend this one.
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tappkalina
I don't like poetry, but parts of this were surprisingly deep. If it only had the Aphrodite parts, it could have been 5 stars, but the rest of the book just stuff you hear from everywhere. ...more
clem
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
"the world was full of men who called themselves heroes for crossing boundaries, claiming bodies like prizes. The world still is."


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🌟🌟🌟 star

The overall collection was decent but nothing to write home about. The standout part was Aphrodite without question as it seemed to question deeper topics we tend to shy away from.

The poetry style was minimalistic and 'Tumblr-y' which fit the blandness of most of the collection, but made the Aphrodite part rawer.

**Trigger Warning
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Beatrice Masaluñga
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, btb-2020
Lighthearted, inspiring and soulful. Modern poetry receives a lot of criticisms and people dislike its style. I, for one encountered badly writtem and cliché poems but there are ones that touched my heart because I can relate to it. In this difficult times, Aphrodite Made Me Do It helps me keep me going. It's been a stressful momth and Trista Mateer's poems calmed me. Thank you for your words. 💖 ...more
Jessica C Writes
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, to-buy, favorites
This was such an incredible collection of poetry and prose. I could not put it down once I started it. Trista’s words have the ability to make you feel so many emotions at once. This collection was extremely powerful and beautiful.

I know that I will be purchasing a final copy as soon as it comes out, but I am extremely grateful to have been given an advanced copy. I will now be shouting about its greatness to all of my friends- poetry loving or not.

If you yourself are not a big poetry reader,
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Unknown Reader
I’ve realized this the first actual poetry book I’ve read completely. Otherwise, the poetry I read where mostly from textbooks, Pinterest , or just some random poems from internet.

‘Aphrodite made me do it’ follows the perspective of two woman - one is the poet and the other is the Greek goddess Aphrodite. The contrast and similarities between these 2 perspective make for an amazing poetry.
Also, another interesting thing to note here, is that Aphrodite is known as the goddess of love and the poe
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persephone ☾
The two stars are solely for this poem : "Men wrote the myths down and called them history, and time has dragged them further from the truth. Pandora’s jar became a box. Eve’s pomegranate, an apple. All the details change but one: it is a woman with her hand on the door to Hell."

Disappointed isn't enough to describe my feelings and thoughts about this book.
- It's extremely hard to give a book that talks about homosexuality, feminism and even SA/rape a low rating, but could you imagine how frust
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Amber
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This was amazing! I loved this so much more than I could have possibly imagined.

Not only does this book give an alternate perspective on Aphrodite (much needed by the way) it was also about queer representation, love in its many forms and had beautiful imagery juxtaposed throughout. I was not expecting the story to be in prose and to have symbolic imagery. It was such a joy to read. I never felt bored and honestly wish there was more even though I felt like the ending was perfect. I really want
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vitória
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poetry
“let me leave you with this: your life is short and all the more precious for it. i do not seek to tell you how to live, only to live at all. to not fear the day. to know you are stronger than what has hurt you. to know what you will triumph”.

the most powerful poetry book i’ve read recently! so many lessons we need and deserve to learn in delicate pages made from a unique woman. this inspired, healed and renewed me in a different way.
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Trista Mateer is the bestselling author of multiple poetry collections, including Aphrodite Made Me Do It and Honeybee. She is a passionate mental health advocate, currently writing in South Carolina. Connect with her on Instagram and Tiktok @tristamateer or at tristamateer.com.

Her newest collection, Artemis Made Me Do It, is available for preorder now and releases in September 2022!

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