160 Pages, 5.25 x 8

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Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781771681704


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Penned by the author of the Goodreads Readers Choice in Poetry, this love story in verse embodies the trend of confessional young woman-centered poetry from a new and diverse perspective

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.

"A collection that will beg you to be dogeared, coffee-stained, & shared.”Amanda Lovelace, author of the princess saves herself in this one

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.

"A spine tingling, heart wrenching, goosebumps-across-your-skin experience."Nikita Gill, author of Fierce Fairytales

Perfect for fans of Caroline Kaufman, Atticus, Clementine von Radics, Nina LaCour, Adam Silvera, and Becky Albertalli; or anyone interested in bisexuality, heartbreak, running away from your problems, and coming out.

Look for Trista Mateer's other book of poetry, Aphrodite Made Me Do It and her contribution to [Dis]Connected Volume 1: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise.


"A collection that will beg you to be dogeared, coffee-stained, & shared.”–Amanda Lovelace, author of the princess saves herself in this one

"A spine tingling, heart wrenching, goosebumps-across-your-skin experience."–Nikita Gill, author of Fierce Fairytales

"With Honeybee, Trista has captured in amber something beautiful and tragic, joyful and painful. It’s an incredibly moving journey that takes you from coffee shops to Australia, to boys with vodka on their breath and a girl with yellow hair. Her poems are both incredibly specific and relatable for anyone who’s ever lost someone for the wrong reasons. It’s a powerful book and Trista Mateer is a powerful, loud voice in contemporary poetry."–Iain S. Thomas, Author of I Wrote This For You

"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

"With gut truths and gin-clear imagery, Trista Mateer reminds us of all those places left unexplored by language. The wonders and especially the heartbreaks of love occupy much of her attention, and also best demonstrate her uncanny ability to chart new ground." —Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews

Author Biography

Trista Mateer is a passionate mental health advocate, utilizing her large online platform (and her work) to destigmatize and springboard conversations surrounding grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, etc. A multi-faceted creative force, Mateer is best known for Aphrodite Made Me Do It—a collection of art and poetry—which explores modern feminist issues through the lens of Greek mythology. Whatever she’s writing about, Mateer invites readers into a world where vulnerability is celebrated.