Aphrodite Made Me Do It: Volume 1 (Myth and Magick)

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Aphrodite Made Me Do It: Volume 1 (Myth and Magick)

Aphrodite Made Me Do It: Volume 1 (Myth and Magick)

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In honor of that, I'm reviewing a poetry book I recently stumbled upon in my library's catalog on Hoopla and instantly fell in LOVE with. In this empowering retelling, she uses the mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present. Using the framework of a conversation, with sections alternating between the perspective of the poet and the goddess herself, Mateer explore issues like: heartbreak, sexuality, trauma, and the restorative power in taking control of your own lore, speaking your truths, and rewriting your origin story.

I recently finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

Its theme is not specific but mainly focuses on love, letting-go-of-past, be-your-self, self-healing etc. Aphrodite Made Me Do It is an atypical sort of collection; it felt like a needed step away from poetry which makes a bouquet of the trauma and pain of its maker. With an enemies-to-lovers romance between a witch and a witch hunter, this YA fantasy series is highly addictive.

Among all these other things, it’s an incredible view on many infamous women of mythology, and it gives a voice to the sides of their stories that we all too often overlook. In Troy they fought over Helen like children but Achilles mourned Patroclus the way a soul mourns a body. A sequel novel, The Scarlet Veil, featuring vampires also released recently and I'm looking forward to checking it out. You will find grace between these pages and a little sadness, too - the kind that makes flowers grow in all of the places you need them most.

I really appreciated that, despite this being Aphrodite inspired, the author didn’t allow love or romance to be the biggest part of her story – she actually says as much in a few of her poems. Reading as a glimpse into the private thoughts within a self-care, healing journal, Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a survivors story that speaks to women everywhere, in fierce and loving tones. I feel like I come out of most poetry/prose collections with generally the same thoughts and feelings. Bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award winning poet Trista Mateer pulls out some tarot cards and asks for help in her goddess inspired poetry collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It .

There were so many pages I marked and highlighted on Scribd, but I don't think I'll purchase a physical copy for myself or ever revisit it. Here is also rage and sorrow; at the limitations and restrictions of a woman’s given role and taken rights; at the expectations heaped upon the female form and spirit; of the false representations used to define womanhood and thus control it. Mateer simultaneously speaks to us about love and loss and the empowerment that can come from them, while channeling the goddess and retelling her story as a form of dedication and reclamation—not only for the goddess, but for those of us who never quite fit the mold they want to shove us into, the one they say is meant for us.

I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley. Mateer’s poetry touches on feminism, mental health, assault, and the unfairness of having our stories rewritten for us. Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a collection of prose-poetry, framed as a conversation between the author and Aphrodite, goddess of love, sex and beauty. This book is perfect for anyone struggling with their own healing process and anyone trying to find meaning to their own life.



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