The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer – Review | LibroLiv

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Known for her eponymous blog and her confessional style of writing, this is Trista Mateer’s second collection of poetry.



I want you to know that you are the only thing that slows my city down.

Whilst the journey The Dogs I Have Kissed offers is but an ephemeral one, it is no doubt memorable, and though the collection is fleeting, it is honest, and heart-rending, and passionate.

Trista Mateer seized my heart on page 1, had twisted it by page 2, and was wrenching it from my chest by page 3. For the rest of the book, she danced on it, watching me suffer as she carved forgotten memories into my soul.

This didn’t upset me, though: Frankly, I welcomed it!

Though it was painful to read some of Mateer’s work, that’s only because I empathized with it so completely.

She had returned my heart to my heaving chest – battered and bruised and bleeding – by the final page, sewing up my frayed skin, and kissing it better.

Mateer is able to illustrate so many feelings in just a few words, and does so in an equally admirable and comedic manner. This collection isn’t all seriousness and woe, but consolidates subject matter from an array of sources and experiences – infatuation, heartbreak, confusion, and humour.

And I loved it.

I honestly and truly loved everything Mateer had to say, the way she illustrated so many of my feelings both astonishing and resonating with me.

What’s more, Mateer has included subtle connections between many of her poems, enabling the reader to piece together situations, and understand them in an entirely new fashion.

As aforementioned, this collection will remain with me for a long time, perhaps even perpetually.

I would recommend you read this collection if you enjoy any type of poetry. Seriously, any type at all.

Kiss me until nobody cares about the metaphors any more.

You can find the book here: Amazon | Goodreads

The Dogs I Have Kissed was awarded ‘Best Poetry’ in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards, and so I am entering this novel for the number 3 spot on the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge: A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015. Yay!

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