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Author: Mateer Trista

Brand: Central Avenue Publishing

Edition: 2nd Second Edition, Second ed.

Number Of Pages: 160

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Goodreads Choice Award winning poet Trista Mateer “expertly exposes the intensity of first love” in this emotional collection of sapphic poetry.
“I still remember you / as a little girl / who overwaters plants / because she doesn’t know / when to stop giving.”
Mateer’s Honeybee is part poetic memoir and part manual for letting go. Each poem, bittersweet on its own, weaves together to tell a heart-wrenching tale about heartbreak and identity. Following an imperfect love story between best friends all the way to its messy end, this collection is a reminder that you are not defined by the people you walk away from or the people who walk away from you.
“It would be a shame / to look back on this / and (out of bitterness) / not call it love.”


“In Honeybee, Trista Mateer expertly exposes the intensity of first love. The longing. The ache. The end that seems to come even swifter than the beginning. The strangers you become—or always were. The way the things left unsaid haunt you for years afterward. If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to fall for somebody, you will undoubtedly find yourself reflected in Mateer’s spell-casting words. This is a collection that will beg you to be dogeared, coffee-stained, & shared.” —Amanda Lovelace, author, The Princess Saves Herself in This One

“With Honeybee, Trista has captured in amber something beautiful and tragic, joyful and painful. It’s a powerful book and Trista Mateer is a powerful, loud voice in contemporary poetry.” —Iain S. Thomas, author, I Wrote This For You

“How can something that hurts so much still be so tender? That’s the question one asks over and and over while reading Mateer’s work . . . . It’s letting go, but not knowing how to do it without exploring every inch of what’s being let go first. Mateer triumphs in this exploration. We are humbled to be witness.” —Ari Eastman, staff writer, Thought Catalog and author, Bloodline

“Bitter sweet with memory and softness, this book is an intimate and profound look at sexuality, heartbreak, loneliness, loss, love, healing and everything in between.” —Nikita Gill, author, Your Soul is a River

“In Honeybee, Trista Mateer spares no one and nothing and the result is beautiful and awful and gorgeous and gut-wrenching.” —Fortesa Latifi, author, No Matter the Time

“Trista writes about love so honestly. It’s messy, reckless hope. It’s sticky-fingered stubbornness. This collection is a must-read for any queer femme, and for anyone who has ever lost themselves in a feverish want.” —Clementine von Radics, author, Mouthful of Forevers

About the Author

Trista Mateer is a visual artist and storyteller from Maryland. She is also the author of multiple poetry collections including Aphrodite Made Me Do It and the Goodreads Choice Award winning The Dogs I Have Kissed. You can keep up with her @tristamateer on Instagram and TikTok. Visit her at

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.


By Trista Mateer Central Avenue Marketing Ltd.Copyright © 2018 Trista Mateer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-77168-136-0
In The End

I am going to hurt you.

You are going to hurt me.

But we will do it with practiced fingers
and passionate mouths
and I swear to God

it will be worth something.


Shoes muddy from all that kicked up dirt and last night’s rain.
Faces flushed from walking. It is September,
still mostly summer-warm and
you have your hand in mine.

In the parking lot of Hoffman’s Home Made Ice Cream,
we’re taking turns sucking up a chocolate shake and
I can taste your chapstick
left over on the straw
every time I stick it in my mouth
and pull.

We’re nervous, laughing because this
is the closest thing to kissing we can do where people will see it.

And you say, it’s always going to be like this, isn’t it?
All soft, and breathless.

I say, I hope not.

Tenderness In Brevity:

her lipstick stuck to the side
of my best coffee cup, post-wash

Spun Sugar

The app

Release Date: 01-05-2018

Package Dimensions: 14x196x159

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