Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Source: Arc, Netgalley
“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.” —Goodreads Synopsis
I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this collection. Every poem came together to tell this story of love and love lost and how hard it is to move on from a relationship that has etched its mark on your life. As the poet explains in the introduction, this is a collection about completely letting go–and the hardships and experiences that come along with that.
Throughout the collection I found that I was able to connect with each piece–some more than others–and by the end of the book I felt like her pain and heartache was also mine. The poems were so well written and because of the blunt honesty of each piece, I feel like this collection brought a different level of emotion then I expected when going into it.
Several of the poems bring up the discussion of being apart of the LGBTQIA+ community as well as having a friend base and family that are religious and disagree with homosexuality entirely. Though this discussion didn’t take up most of the collection, these poems gave a certain depth and clarity to both the MC and her ex that I really enjoyed and made me feel like I could relate more to the struggles and emotions that the MC was feeling in each piece.
All in all, this being my first time reading Mateer’s work, I can honestly say I wasn’t disappointed and can’t wait to read more from her. I was captivated by this collection and moved with several of the pieces–which is something I strive to have done to me while reading poetry.
(Volunteered for this ARC for my Honest Review)