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Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019-reads, adult, diverse-reads, poetry, tough-topics

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 life have failed to do so.

I belong to no one. They never wrote that part down.

Among all these other things, it’s an incredible view on many infamous women of mythology, and it gives a voice to the sides of their stories that we all too often overlook. It plays a strong parallel to the sides of stories from everyday women today society would have us overlook, too, and it’s powerful. Don’t miss out on this one.

They made a monster
of Medusa as well.
Hated how loud
her trauma was.
Couldn’t believe
she had the audacity
to not take it lying down.
They made a war-ground
of her body
so she made one
of theirs.

TWs: assault, homophobia, transphobia

All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Reading Progress

June 7, 2019 – Shelved
June 7, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 6, 2019 – Started Reading
July 6, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-reads
July 6, 2019 – Shelved as: adult
July 6, 2019 – Shelved as: diverse-reads
July 6, 2019 – Shelved as: poetry
July 6, 2019 – Shelved as: tough-topics
July 6, 2019 – Finished Reading

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