Honeybee by Trista Mateer


You will meet people in your lifetime who demand to have poems written about them. It’s not something they say. It’s something about their hands, the shape of their mouths, the way they look walking away from you. Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the ba...

Details Honeybee

Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherCentral Avenue Publishing
GenrePoetry, Favorites, Lgbt

Reviews Honeybee

  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    I am a poetry reader and reading Mateer for the first time. I loved this book, the poems and writing is very casual but still strong. Even the names/headings of some poems were bang on. I have many highlighted lines in this book.I am not a native English speaker but still felt the echo of the emotions propagated through me. Would definitely read Mateer's poems again.
  • Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
    I liked this collection, but I definitely did not love it. And to be completely honestly, I only fault this collection because it did not satisfy my own personal taste. First of all, I would like to say that I think Trista Mateer is a very talented poet; however, I think because majority of these poems were inspired by her bitter breakup with her ex-girlfriend, the book as a whole left me feeling like she was obsessed. Was she? Who knows. Prob...
  • Olivia
    This fucking book. THIS. FUCKING. BOOK. I don't know what I expected going into it because I had never read any of Trista's work but, oh my sweet lord, I read the first poem and I was hooked. I finished it in like, ten minutes, and cried at almost every poem. Somehow, this fucking incredible girl that I have never met in my life managed to capture all of my feelings and wrap them all up into this cute little package that is Honeybee. I'm the type...
  • Romie
    I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did, but here I am.Some books of poetry just speak to you, you don't necessarily know why, but they do. This one did. This is the one book of poetry I didn't know I needed until I started reading it.It's beautiful, it's elegant ... but it's also a heartbreak, waves of tears, hours of wishing for something that isn't anymore. It's poetry that speaks to humanity.It's small but poignant at the same time. It...
  • Jenny
    This just wasn't for me... There was no poetic tone to any of the poems; they all read like Facebook statuses or notes/emails. A lot of the poems seemed redundant, also: seemed like some lines from one poem were repurposed in another poem and such.
  • Katie McNelly
    Not bad, not great. Not mad I read it, not something I connected to emotionally. Not recommended, but then again just not my cup of tea.
  • Ylenia
    Poetry is always really difficult for me to review because it's such a personal experience, but I'll try anyway.I read this "collection of poems about letting go" because I was going through a break-up. Well, I still am and I will be for a long time. But the specific reason why I got this book was related to me being suddenly single, not anything else.I started this at the end of July and finished at the end of October. I can see that I'm better ...
  • Cecilie K.
    It reads like getting your heart broken all over again, like sitting there with this book in your hand and suddenly remembering all the break ups you ever went through, turning the last page and feeling like you’ve just gotten closure for some of them. I spent a good part of the beginning of the book falling in love with how Trista described the relationship, how they seemed so sweet together and then desperately hoping the book would end with ...
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    This is a book of poetry that follows Trista's relationship with a girl who stole her heart--a relationship that caused her so much happiness, change, heartbreak, and emotional pain throughout the span of time. And the poems that flowed from those emotions that Trista experienced were so powerful and relatable.I loved that Trista created a book of poetry but it is also a story. The poems are presented in chronological order through a relationship...
  • Becky
    This was good. Astounding, actually. It’s so different to what is currently out there and it really makes it stand out from the crowd. The emotion that comes through in this one is thick, intense and unrelenting in all the best ways. It broke my heart and reminded me of years gone by, but in a good way. I don’t know how poems can break my heart in a good way, but these certainly did. They’re excellently written, blunt and written with purpo...
  • Coreen (AsThePlotThickens)
    This was a compilation of LGBT poems. They were beautiful but I honestly think that Mateer's previous book The Dogs I Have Kissed was just better. Honeybee was a compilation of love that was lost and bittersweet memories with someone you thought you'd spend your eternity with.
  • Savanah
    there it is, my first poetry book of the year. and it resonated. the poet recommends reading it in one sitting and i agree completely. here are some lines that really stuck out to me:"You said you were afraid of losing me, like I was a thing that could be misplaced.""You said: 'most days, I pity you more than I love you'. I just love you.""There were nights I was so jealous that the thought of you on your knees for Jesus made me angry. Baby, I do...
  • Kristina Romero
    There is really only one way to read this book and that is to consume it all in one go, which is exactly what I did. The poignancy is lost if you try to take small bites. It's easy to glean a familiar feeling from this collection of musings and fragments of a complicated relationship. The story is her own and a very personal one and yet you're going to feel like you've been there before. Maybe it's because you feel that you can relate. Maybe it's...
  • KayCee K
    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 ...
  • Elysa Weatherbee
    I received this book via netgalley and am providing my honest review.Like others I've read in the reviews, I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I do. I'm not normally as into poetry, but I think I've found my favorite poet. I mean, how can you not love this writing?"I was as close as skin to you once. Love was a museum where we took down the art that was there before us and played masterpiece with all the empty space.""When you took th...
  • adaline
    “I still have a lot of growing to doand I know there is more room for itin your absence.” Unfortunately the contents of Honeybee aren't exactly up to par with that pretty cover. I went into this knowing nothing except that it was a poetry book, and was disappointed to find that it's not even really poetry at all?? I'm not sure what to even describe the writings as-- there's no stylistic elements, or anything even moderately reflective of a po...
  • ThePhoenix93
    This stabbed my heart a hundred times, but boy was it worth it! To finally come across a poetry book with substance and, wait for it... ACTUAL POETRY! I know, I'm shocked too! Yesterday I went on a little poetry reading spree, and I couldn't for the life of me find a good poetry book. So, when I finally stumbled upon this little gem, it was so refreshing, I could hear my mind being blown after reading just the first poem. By this time I was STARV...
  • Melissa Jennings
    As someone who struggles with letting things go, Honeybee was a real wake-up call. Trista has a powerful way of creating poems that are incredibly personal AND relatable to the reader, and not in a generic way. Genuinely, I felt like some of my own thoughts were in this collection. Trista’s poetry is refreshingly original and I always find myself in awe of her creative metaphors and parallels. Honeybee is filled to the brim with intricate image...
  • Larissa
    Honeybee is such a short and sweet collection of poems. I felt a mixture of happiness and sadness and nostalgia, all wrapped up into one ball of "YES!" A story of self-discovery, of facing feelings you're not supposed to feel (as the world tells us), and reacting to it.I do wish I had gotten a print copy of the book. Reading it as an e-book took away some of the experience. The art was so pretty and whimsical, and matched the tone of the book so ...
  • Rachel Nicole Wagner
    NiceI enjoyed this collection of poetry very much. It was explanatory and descriptive in a beautiful way :) I identified with it on many levels. Great collection. Xo, Rach
  • Belenyesi Krisztian
    This book. For someone who read "The dogs I have kissed" and was sort of familiar with her writing, I still was taken by surprise from the first poem. I shed a tear or two (A dozen or two dozen, more accurately), and need to say that it really touched me in ways that book haven't touched me in a while. It portrays the several stages of break-up thoughts, and the whole process of growing through the pain, accepting everything and in the end seeing...
  • K.Y. Robinson
    Trista’s always cuts a sista open and mend me back together. She has such an eloquent way of writing it makes my mouth foam with jealously. Buy all of her books! You won’t regret it!
  • Elizabeth
    "Everybody thinks it’s just spoiled romance that breaks your heart. They never consider the bad days and the kitchen scissors and the way rain looks smashed up against a window pane, the way people mill about in train stations, the way it feels when you walk down to the mailbox and always find it empty."And it was this part of the book that let me know the author was truly a poet, and not just someone writing poems. This heart is a poet's heart...
  • Caitlin Conlon
    This is the most captivating collection of poetry I've ever read. As recommended, I sat down to read it all in one sitting, but I found the poems just slipped away without me trying. This collection is so, honest. It's raw. Trista takes you through the story and you feel like you're trying to let go with her. It's messy and at times repetitive and it's brilliant because this is everything letting go is. This is what letting go is supposed to feel...
  • Kate Fletcher
    I've read and re-read this book at least fifty times, and it always always always tears me apart in the best ways no matter where I am in my life. Trista Mateer's writing is brutally honest and emotionally devastating, and I am always eagerly checking her blog for more writing. She opened me to the wonderful world of Where Are You Press, and I couldn't be more excited for her second collection of poetry.
  • Taylor
    I'm at a really emotional part of my life and picking up these books of poetry has been therapeutic for me. Each one is incredibly moving, beautiful, heartbreaking, but real. I easily relate and these are my favorite types of books, movies, etc. Things that just make me feel like I'm human and not the only one feeling all these emotions in my little life.
  • Jasmine Inej Darcy
    2.5 stars.I did not expect poetry to look like a story. Honeybee completely subverts the traditional structure of poetry and I'm still deciding whether that's a good thing.
  • Jess
    Heartbreak is never a linear thing, mostly because when your heart breaks it shatters into a million pieces that you have to piece back together painstakingly. Mending your heart is just messy, and you have to do it any way you possibly can. Honeybee is an extraordinary collection of poetry, detailing the path to closure post-breakup and how that path is never just straightforward but full of U-turns, dead ends, potholes, and burned out GPS.Matee...
  • Helen
    I thought I could walk away from love and it would let me.I loved this I loved this I loved this I loved this I L O V E D T H I SHoneybee is about letting go. It's about admitting that you haven't actually let go. It's about trying over and over again to pry your fingernails loose from this thing that is only going to keep causing you pain but for some reason you can't help holding on. It hit me like a freight train. I don't know if I can even de...
  • Elke (BEroyal)
    I was lucky enough to receive an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This does not influence my review in any way.3.5 starsI liked this more than I expected. Usually, poems about heartbreak or losing and healing in that way don't really connect with me, but I really liked reading this. Maybe because it felt more like one story painted with images and metaphors than individual pieces all wanting or needing to be profound in their...