Andrea Gibson

Lord of the Butterflies

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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. **
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  • Thomas Everett Vanderboomshared an impression4 months ago
    👍Worth reading


  • Thomas Everett Vanderboomhas quoted4 months ago
    It was so bright

    I could feel the freckles

    on my 15-year-old face

    warming in its glow.

    I could feel hope

    traveling backward

    to find us,

    to whisper into our chests,

    There will be music for you

    one day.
  • Thomas Everett Vanderboomhas quoted4 months ago
    The first time in my life I’d ever rested,

    the first time I didn’t have to play a role

    I’d never really wanted to get.

    That’s the medicine it is

    to be finally seen by someone.

    I’d crack a smile and you’d point to my chest

    and say, What just broke?
  • Thomas Everett Vanderboomhas quoted4 months ago
    but a wise heart told me

    it’s the most tender part

    of queerness—how we’ve all lost

    so much family when we find people

    we call family, we’ll do almost anything

    to not let go.
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