Honeybee by Trista Mateer
Published By: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Poetry, LGBTQIA+
Date Read: February 6th 2018
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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 back and forth, the process of letting something go but not knowing where to put it down. Honeybee is putting it down. It’s small town girls and plane tickets, a taste of tenderness and honey, the bandage on the bee sting. It’s a reminder that you are not defined by the people you walk away from or the people who walk away from you. Consider Honeybee a memoir in verse, or at the very least, a story written by one of today’s most confessional poets.
I received a copy of Honeybee from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
This was a compilation of LGBT poems. They were beautiful but 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 poetry style. It felt very much like reading somebody’s journal entries rather than a work of poems.
I did like that a few poems centered around the author identifying as bisexual and the biphobia that she encountered, because they were the few works that conveyed emotion and a true poignancy. But besides those few writings, everything else felt dull and repetitive.
I was expecting to be devastated while reading these poems, instead it felt very underwhelming. I feel like this type of poetry, with less lyrical stuff and more skips that don’t make much sense, is not for me. The poems tend to trail off and lose focus, there is an energy about this writing that sometimes I really related to. There’s also a sense of loss which carries throughout the whole book – that feeling of being incomplete after a relationship has ended. I needed more structure to appreciate it fully.
There are a couple of things that I liked about it, one of them being the author talking about relationships with both men and women, cause I’ve never read anything like this, and I thought parts of some poems were good but that was about it.
Overall, Honeybee was just not for me, and I failed to understand both the format and content of the poems. For those who have experienced a similar loss & situation, perhaps the book will provide comfort, but I was personally unable to connect to Mateer’s writing.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Did you get an ARC of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.