Lord of the Butterflies

Lord of the Butterflies

by Andrea Gibson


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Andrea Gibson’s latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson’s career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943735426
Publisher: Button Poetry
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 44,695
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

One of the most celebrated and successful poets of the last two decades, Andrea Gibson began their career in 1999 with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Gibson leapt into the forefront of the national spoken word poetry scene when they won the first ever Woman of the World Poetry Slam. Gibson is the author of four previous books of poetry and has release seven spoken-word albums. The honesty of Gibson’s work makes audiences and readers feel welcome as they are.

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Shai Martin More than 1 year ago
Thirty-eight amazing poems in this collection from Andrea Gibson, one of the well-known spoken word poetry performers and author of poetry books as well. While browsing for poetry books in an online bookstore, I stumbled to her recently published book, Take Me With You, and I was captivated immediately to it because the included poems are easy to comprehend. As for this new book of hers, the theme varies from politics, anxiety, current events such as the mass shootings in America, depression, love, heartbreak, and LGBTQ to name a few. The poems that I found truly remarkable are Orlando, Diagnosis, Thankstaking, America Wakes Me in the Middle of the Night, Depression, All The Good In You, Dear Trump Voter, Until We Act, and America, Reloading. This is my first time to read poems about some of the social issues in the land of the free and home of the brave. And a lot of its citizen who will read this book will also appreciate these poems because of how they reflect what is currently happening to their country. Writing these poems are like a different course to fight oppression and to stand up for better gun control all over their states. There is also a high probability that I will re-read this book in the future because of how easy it is to comprehend the poems. Getting a copy is a must especially those who are lovers of poetry or spoken words.
TheBookStack More than 1 year ago
I didn't intend to tear through Gibson's collection of poems so quickly, at such a late hour. But now it's one in the morning and I have been deeply moved by all of her words. I found myself in tears, filled with hope, and warmed by the sweetness of some of her poems- and then through this cycle of these emotions once again. This collection touches on gender, sexuality, love, loss, and the state of our world in an age of apathy. Navigating each topic Gibson writes powerfully and sweetly, in a way that dares you not to connect with this outstanding collection. I received my copy of Lord of Butterflies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Devinkye00 More than 1 year ago
I teach middle school so some of the poems in this collection might be a little too much for some of my students, but I do plan on using a few of these in my lessons when we get to spoken word. These poems were fantastic and they sounded even better when said aloud. This was the first poem collection I've read from Andrea and they are just fantastic at what they do. I initially wanted to read this because the cover is very striking, and Lord of the Flies is one of my favorites to teach, but when I read the synopsis I knew this was something I needed to read anyway. Now, I'm definitely not one who loves poetry (I know, weird for a Language Arts teacher) because I do find it difficult sometimes to comprehend what I'm reading and it can get very frustrating. This collection, however, is all spoken word so I powered through this pretty easily. The subject matter is one that is important to me and all the poems fit flawlessly within the LGBTQ+ and gender topics. I wish there wasn't politics involved in some of the poems because I generally try to stay away from that in my reading, but the poems on those topics were tasteful and well-done. This was my first introduction to Andrea's work, and definitely won't be my last. Their powerful and haunting poems will stay with me for a long, long time and I can't wait to see what else they come out with. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to review this!
Moriah Conant More than 1 year ago
I liked this book! It contains many vulnerable and honest poems about tough topics like gun violence, being queer, leaving the church, love, and heatache. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
bookvenger More than 1 year ago
These poems packed a punch and didn't ever hold back. I loved how true and honest and raw each and every one of these poems was and I loved reading this lovely collection of poetry. The only thing that has me docking stars is that the poems were longer than I'm used to, and sometimes the length would lose me along the way. Nothing against longer poems, I guess they just aren't for me, though.