Review: Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer // Or, A Journey Through The Pain Of A Woman And A Goddess

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They made me a goddess of love and then vilified me for loving freely, for kissing and fucking and strolling boldly down the streets of Cyprus.

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Title: Aphrodite Made Me Do It

Author:Trista Mateer

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

Release Date: October 1st 2019

Pages: 224

Genres:  Modern Poetry / LGBT / Mythology

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goodreads-add-e1547065951898βœ’οΈ gorgeous art accompanying the poems
βœ’οΈ a dialogue between a poet and a goddess
βœ’οΈ the pain shared by women
βœ’οΈ a journey to healing and self-love

Bestselling and award-winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative approach to self-care in this new poetry and prose collection,Β 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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Aphrodite made me do it didn’t feel like poetry to me — and I’m not saying it in a malicious way.

It was poetic — yes — but it didn’t stricte fit into my definition of what is poetry. 

And that’s ok.

That didn’t make me like it less. 

It felt more like a combination of poetic writing style with philosophical conversations and cautionary tales.

BUT IT WAS FIRST AND FOREMOST A JOURNEY.

  • A journey of a woman and a goddess through their pain and their trauma.
  • A journey through the centuries and bodies shamed and forgotten.
  • A journey of women’s understanding and the fight for JOY and HAPPINESS.

Aphrodite made me do it speaks of giving the woman’s pain a voice, of bringing it out of the years of concealment and ignorance — BUT ALSO OF LETTING IT GO AND NOT ALLOWING IT TO RULE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.

The words itself were not as memorable to me as they are with other poetry collections but the message sticks nevertheless.

IT IS TIME TO SHATTER ALL THE EXPECTATIONS OF WOMANHOOD and just let yourself be happy.

After all, Aphrodite made me do it.

But love wanted a sacrifice and I made myself one. I drank straight from the tap of it, wiped my mouth on my palms, picked up a pen, and called myself a poet.

LET’S TALK!


  • Have you read this book? Are you planning to?
  • What is your opinion on modern poetry?

–E.

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