- Honeybee by Trista Mateer - Poetry Review - It's a Gem! -

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Having been previously described as an "aggressively personal poet", Trista Mateer takes this to heart and then to paper in her first collection. Presented more or less in the order it was written, the poetry in Honeybee is in turns bitter, tender, and messy. Following the course of a little more than a year, the poems showcased in Honeybee chronicle the on-again off-again process of letting go.

First poetry book of 2018 and I'm blown away. If this is a peek of poetry I'm going to read this year, then bring on the poetry because, man this book is amazing.

Trista poetry style paints photos of life with such a bright, truthful way that I couldn't stop reading. I read this book all in one setting because in a way it kinda reads as a story being told. I enjoyed the mix of different lengths of poems. There are one-liners to long poems. There are a few poems that made my heart hurt because of the truth in them and because knowing that this is still things people have to go through. She writes with such fact and passion.

My favorite poems in this book are "On Writing My First Book Of Poetry", "The Baker's Lament", "A Wish", & "Semi-Factual Thoughts On Space". These poems are still on my mind even after a few days have passed.

My favorite line by Trista in this book is, "Your blush, a cascade of color from ballet shoes to fairy floss." I don't know why this is my favorite line but I just love her word choice, the picture that develops is simple but sweet. This book is filled with many lines like that one and filled with powerful truths. About small-town lives, family, lifestyles, love, relationship, LGBTQ, and more.

There's a line in the blurb and in the book, "Honeybee chronicle the on-again off-again process of letting go." and that line could be any more right. It's not just letting go of a past love, but letting go of drama, life, and the caring of what people think of you.

Therefore, this is a must-read for anyone. Looking to try poetry than try this one. This is a gem of a book!

I received a NetGalley ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. So, this is a 100% honest review by me.

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