Book Review: Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson

Lord of the Butterflies

Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Andrea Gibson is an extraordinarily powerful poet. I was so lucky to see Andrea perform in Green Bay about a year ago, and revisiting the poems on the page brings back the memory of that fire. This collection approaches gender, violence, and humanity with a voice that is tender in both its passion and its rage. It is a voice that is honest and disruptive, but always in the service of love. While I am so happy to have this volume on paper, it does not compare to experiencing the collection in performance–Andrea’s delivery is an essential ingredient in experiencing these poems in their full power.

My favorites from this collection:
Ivy
Tincture
Radio
Living Proof
First Love




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