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Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book for review

I was really interested in Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer because I’ve loved some previous poetry by the author and one of my reading goals for the year is to pick up more poetry so this seemed like a great place to start. The collection weaves the mythological and the personal together, which at times, is quite powerful and at other times feels pretty forced. Most of the poetry, even when it was nice, didn’t feel new and even within the collection could feel a bit repetitive. There’s a bit of a mix of media in here; in addition to the poems there are some photos that have text written on them, which were nice but didn’t really have much of a lasting impact on me. There are definitely some beautiful lines and moments, and it was enough that I would still continue to pick up books by Mateer in the future, but as a whole Aphrodite Made Me Do It just didn’t leave me with the heart-wrenching emotions I hoped for.

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