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.
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 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.
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”