[redacted] + Small Ghost by Trista Mateer

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today, I'm gonna post hopefully short word vomits on two of Trista Mateer's poetry collections. I've been finding it hard to read fiction recently so I've been reading poetry collections, short story anthologies, and essay collections. And I've been finding it hard to review anything at all so please go easy on me.

Title: [redacted]
Author: Trista Mateer
Date of Publication: February 18, 2017

Taking National Poetry Month’s poem-a-day challenge one step further, for her fourth collection, Trista Mateer has not only compiled a chapbook of her 2016 ‘30 for 30’ poems, but she has also chosen to include nearly everything else written in the month of April. This comes in the form of handwritten notes and poetry fragments, iPhone note poetry, tweets, Craigslist ads, and more. This mix of poetry and prose spans a single month and covers topics such as heartbreak, gender, sexuality, and forgiveness.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was my first time to read Trista Mateer and was obviously not the last since I read another one of her poetry collections. Hahaha. This was quite short too, I'm finding that most poetry collections are, apparently. (I'm kinda used to omnibus editions.) It was a quick read and here are my top three favorite lines out of all the poetry and prose in here.
"I love you, I love you; let me do it for a little while longer."
"because this month I prioritized booze over food and I still feel like it was worth it."
"remember / sometimes the pain is just pain / the hurt is not poetic / the side effects of mental illness are never romantic"

As usual, the poems/lines I loved the most were about mental health. Not surprising since it's so hard to find the words to say what you're feeling and thinking to other people. So reading something that can express those thoughts more eloquently and coherently is such a gift. While I still prefer my poetry to not be words of raw emotions/angst/hurt formatted prettily on a page, I liked this collection. It was smart and had me chuckling too, especially at the line "Delta Lost My Luggage And Still Treated Me Better Than You Did" from her A Series of Poems about Airports. And I just can really relate to prioritizing booze/karaoke/"my vices" over things that are important. #stillnotadultingproperly

Small Ghost
Title: Small Ghost
Author: Trista Mateer
Date of Publication: May 3, 2016

Small Ghost is a brief collection of poetry by Trista Mateer, featuring a narrative about depression and anxiety, with a central focus on coping mechanisms. It approaches the exhausting reality of mental illness with blunt emotional honesty, self depreciating humor, and cute illustrations.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Got this one for free too so might as well read it right after I read one of hers and liked it enough. Here are two of my favorite lines:
"it’s strange all the things you forget about when you can’t find the scars to prove they happened anymore"
"how many calories does anxiety burn"

Small Ghost is a collection focused on depression and anxiety and it takes on the narrative of a ghost. I liked the illustrations that went with the poems and I could relate to them all. In fact, I think the illustrations elevated my reading experience because the visuals really delivered the emotions portrayed by the poetry. I found myself laughing-crying at how many calories does anxiety burn because IF ONLY ANXIETY CAN BE CONSIDERED WORKOUT. Sadly, by the time I read this one, I think I've read too many poems with similar themes and styles to actually appreciate them more. I would say though that Trista Mateer writes smart, witty, and very relatable poetry. I'd willingly read her other poetry collections too. (But maybe only when I can get them for free on Amazon? #cheapskate)

1 comment:

  1. I remember getting [redacted] back in February, but I haven't read it myself yet. Good to know it went well enough for you; same with Small Ghost. :)


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