A Note From the Publisher
2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Winner - Poetry (The Dogs I Have Kissed)
"This is a collection that will beg you to be dogeared, coffee-stained, & shared." — Amanda Lovelace, Author of The Princess Saves Herself in This One
"With Honeybee, Trista has captured in amber something beautiful and tragic, joyful and painful." — Iain S. Thomas, Author of I Wrote This For You
“Bitter sweet with memory and softness, this book is an intimate and profound look at sexuality, heartbreak, loneliness, loss, love, healing and everything in between.” — Nikita Gill, Author of Wild Embers
"How can something that hurts so much still be so tender? Mateer triumphs in this exploration. We are humbled to be witness.” — Ari Eastman, Author of Bloodline
“In Honeybee, Trista Mateer pulls the layers back on an old love and invites her readers to pick apart the pieces with her. She spares no one and nothing and the result is beautiful and awful and gorgeous and gut-wrenching.” — Fortesa Latifi, Author of No Matter The Time
“10 Feminist Poets Who Will Leave You Stronger Than Before” —POPSUGAR
Trista Mateer is a poet from outside of Baltimore. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of four full length collections of poetry, and won the Goodreads Choice Award in 2015 with The Dogs I Have Kissed. She is currently working as a freelance editor but still manages to spend most of her time Googling cheap air fare and writing poetry about things that don’t matter anymore.
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Reading Mateer’s poems feels like coming home. It wasn’t until I was half way down the rabbit hole of her incredible heart-break, that I realised the poems where in chronological order and when that hit me, it made the whole premise so much sadder. This encouraged me to connect and relate to the poems more. For anyone who has had to leave someone that they love or been pushed aside, these poems perfectly quantify and describe those feelings that so often cannot be put into words. I personally love confessional poetry, whenever I write, it always seems to be in a confessional tone and there is always something special and raw in free verse confessional poetry. There are always certain lines that strike you with blistering honesty and bring your own feelings into clarity. In a world when poetry is often ridiculed and ignored, I admire poets like Mateer, who has made poetry “cool” again. She reminds me of Amanda Lovelace, Lang Leav and Rupi Kaur. I look forward to reading more of her work.
I’ll be honest, I’m not really the biggest fan of poetry, I’ve just never been able to fully connect with it and understand it the way so many others do. This collection of poems was really beautiful though, the general theme is heartbreak and loneliness after the end of a love affair, something that many of us can relate to, each poem is brisk and lovely, I actually really enjoyed reading them. Also, big props for the cover art that is very reminiscent of Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters.
Finished this poetic exploration of grief and sexuality in one sitting. While I feared that a book of poems about a former lover might seem whiny or self-indulgent, I was impressed with the tenderness of the narrator. Through a series of short, connected poems of many forms, the speaker explores her own sexuality, remembers the good times and bad with her former lover/best friend, and tries to forgive herself and her ex. As an eighth-grade teacher, I find the text too mature for a whole-class study, but would recommend it to individual students. Language is very sensual, with repeated sexual innuendos.
This book was absolutely beautiful. A book of poetry about heartbreak and love from a bisexual woman who couldn't let go. Or took a long time to let go. She moved away, stopped talking to her and still couldn't keep the poems from flowing. They were all wonderful and I loved it.