This review is spoiler free.
“I wrote my own story
and still said all the wrong things.”
Published: 2019, by Central Avenue Publishing.
Genre: Poetry, LGBT, Fantasy, Mythology, Feminism, Adult, Queer, Health, Mental Health, Fiction
Contains: Body Image, Sexual Assault, Rape, Eating Disorders, Queerphobia, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Blood/Gore, Death, Fire, Violence, Abuse, Mental Health, Mental Illness
‘Aphrodite Made Me Do It’ is the imaginative approach to self-care with Trista Mateer’s latest collection of poetry and prose. In this empowering retelling, Mateer uses the mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present, and by the end of this book, Aphrodite will make you believe in the powers of your own healing.
My interest in this collection spanned from my interest in mythology and Aphrodite herself, having dedicated a lot of my magical working towards her. So, naturally, once spotting this collection, I knew I had to find it and read it for myself. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.
The collection itself is a conversation between the goddess and the poet, being split into dedicated sections of the anthology and communicating with one another on similar subjects, from love to war. The collection itself is compiled of prose, poetry and art, and is full of luscious drawings and delicious words, tantalising you and drawing you in for more. Mateer is a brilliant storyteller, using multiple mediums to present her life and opinions in multiple different views. From the pain she suffered at a younger age, to herself as a person now, Mateer guides you through it with colour and light and survival. It’s a truly inspiring read.
The collection itself is incredibly easy to read, managing it in one sitting if you feel capable of reading the heavy subject matters. Aphrodite’s segments are full of power and dominance whilst the poet sections are full of empowerment and survival throughout life’s struggles. The artwork is an incredibly colourful bonus, and I found myself sat admiring the work for lengths of time before continuing. There’s so much content to sink your teeth into.
Overall, I adored this collection of works. Mateer is vastly becoming one of my all-time favourite poets and I’ll be looking out for more work by them in the future.