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Aphrodite Made Me Do It

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,696 ratings  ·  670 reviews
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.
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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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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
Ahmed  Ejaz
You rise like a phoenix
from the ashes of things that no longer serve you
Im planning on reading modern poetry. I love this genre but dont 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. Im literally trash for powerful/sounds-good words or rhyming lines too.
Dannii Elle
"After a little time, men did what they always do. They didnt try to understand, they tried to explain.

They made me earthly. They branded me woman. Then they saw things in me that didnt mesh well with woman. They saw parts of me they didnt understand and they broke them off. They called me a hundred different names, an epithet for everything. Couldnt even bother trying to comprehend it all togetherthat I could be bloody and beautiful, that I could be divine and approachable. Men wrote the
Emily B
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was lacking something, probably cohesion..
It does read like a scrapbook which I sort of like but it just didnt hit the mark for me.
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.

Its a story of assault, and survival, and having our stories rewritten without our consent. Its 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 life
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
REREAD 7/25/2020: Im 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 Im 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.
Kristy K
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2019, arc, netgalley
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
"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
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TW for rape, abuse, sexual assault, death, eating disorders, gore, blood, queerphobia

I dont know what I expected when I started this collection. I dont 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 Ive dived deeper than the ocean floor. This book wrapped me in a blanket, handed me a mug of hot coco and said Youll be okay. And heres why. It was gentle but it was fierce and it was strong and it was everything I needed
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
" 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 believe
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
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!
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
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Beatrice Masaluñga
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. 💖
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.
Clem (the villain's quest)
"the world was full of men who called themselves heroes for crossing boundaries, claiming bodies like prizes. The world still is."

Instagram | youtube

🌟🌟🌟 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 Warnings**
Jessica C Writes
This was such an incredible collection of poetry and prose. I could not put it down once I started it. Tristas 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,
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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 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.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book felt like I was talking to Aphrodite herself, about her life, loves, strength, and pains. I felt really close to her while reading. And then, I also found myself in this book. My worries and fears, but more importantly, my light, joy, and acceptance.

I really liked the format it was in, changing perspectives of the Goddess and the author, switching between written poems and poems in pictures.

After I finished this, I felt in peace with myself as I havent felt in a long time.

May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If i had to resume this book in a word i would say: feeling. Because it was what i had throughout this book, a complicated mix of beautiful feelings, it was truly amazing!
Greyson | Use Your Words
Content Warnings: assault, homophobia, transphobia (taken from Destiny's review because ya girl got so sucked in she didn't write any notes at all.

It is simple. You believe in the triumphs of love despite growing up in full view of its defeat because you are brave.

An emotional journey of self-love, healing, queerness and womanhood.

How do I put into words how much I loved this poetry collection???

I've been wandering and getting lost on my own personal journey with Greek mythology recently
Lost in Book Land
Welcome Back,

Being totally 100% honest I have not read a lot of poetry collections of poetry in general. As a kid, I loved those Shel Silverstein books that were his big bind ups of his poetry works and they were fun silly poems. I would check them out of the library again and again. As I have gotten older I have had more of an interest in reading more poetry and have put the Princess Saves Herself in This One and others on my Amazon book wish list (meaning I will purchase them at some point).
sarah xoxo
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"it was my blood that made the roses red.
My pain shaped the whole world"

I tend to find it difficult to connect to poetry collections, but this one hit differently. Her writing was raw, and evoked strong emotions from me.
Told partly from the perspective of Aphrodite, it had a magical, godly feel to it that added another layer I haven't read before.

"I am older than the stars and the ocean I crawled out of"

Trista Mateer provides Aphrodite, and numerous other goddesses with the voices that were
Kristin Ogarp
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" *I didn't forget how to fight for myself.
I forgot that I could. * "

This was everything that I needed right now. This poetry collection explore a lot of different topics surrounding femininity and more. It dose it in a way were it's not only surface level. No, I felt that.

I really like the way Mateer expressed herself as well as choices of words and writing style. It is written in a pretty way but convey real, hurtful and dark topics which is my favorite combination.

I also really liked the
•°• gabs •°•
leaving it unrated because i didn't love it but it's still a very important read
Adam Thorn
Sep 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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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:

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