When the Stars Wrote Back: Poems (Hardcover)

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With poems like I Thought I Had Personal Issues With Taking Up Space But Then I Realized It Was Socially Ingrained Sexism and Horoscopes For Letting Go, it's impossible not to see yourself reflected in the author's words. But it's the smaller, nameless poems that I gravitated to the most, the ones that begged to be read aloud, as if the thoughts and ideas had been plucked from my own soul and given life. A wonderful and lovely poetry book, sometimes sad and melancholy, sometimes biting and scathing, sometimes uplifting, but always honest.

— From Katie


In the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and Light Filters In, this compilation of short, powerful poems from Instagram sensation Trista Mateer shines beauty and insight into relationships, love, growing up, and learning to cope.

This hardcover collection features completely new material, plus some fan favorites from Trista's account. Filled with colored original artwork from Jess Cruickshank, this powerful collection unpacks how to heal from trauma, explores love in many forms, and empowers you to love yourself and take up the space you deserve.

what happens if we collide?
will it feel like atoms bursting?
will it burn like light?
will your hands feel the same as other people's hands?
will the whole world change if we touch?
do you want to find out?

About the Author

Trista Mateer is a writer and artist who used to move three times a year but has finally settled down by the sea in New Jersey with some cats and some poets. She won the Goodreads Choice Award for poetry for her collection The Dogs I Have Kissed. Her bestselling collection Honeybee hit shelves in the spring of 2018 to critical acclaim and glowing reviews from readers. Mateer's most recent collection of poetry, dragonhearts, was cowritten with poets Amanda Lovelace and Nikita Gill and was published in January 2019. Mateer is currently focusing on making art however it comes out, whether poetry or prose or literal hands-in-paint art. You can follow her on Instagram @tristamateer and visit her website at tristamateer.com.

Praise For…

"Understated grayscale drawings and handwritten phrases mesh well with verses that move with fluidity across the pages." —Kirkus Reviews

"There’s a Tumblr/Twitter–friendliness to the voice that will win over many readers, and Mateer is talented at compressing the personal impact of larger currents of culture and gender into a tightly crafted and readable line.” —The Bulletin 

“Many young adults will find topics and situations they have experienced or can relate to in these pages, along with the encouragement to continue despite many of the difficult challenges they will encounter on the road to adulthood.” —School and Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593172674
ISBN-10: 0593172671
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 208