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Lord of the Butterflies

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  154 reviews
In Andrea Gibson's latest collection, they continue their artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

“[Andrea Gibson’s poetry] will change the way you think about gender.” —Buzzfeed

“They seamlessly spin hopelessness into
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Button Poetry
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Felicia
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Gibson introduced me to the power of poetry.

I thought verse was all flowers and love and a bunch of other crap that, not only could I not relate to, I also couldn't give one single solitary f#ck about.

YouTube is where my love affair with Andrea began. After inadvertently coming across a spoken word video (I was most likely watching pimple popping videos at the time) my view on poetry changed.

I changed.

I became educated on the LGBTQ community in a way that was relatable and tangible. I h
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Ari
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
5 stars

Chills. I had bloody chills reading this book. Oh dear god, Andrea Gibson can do nothing wrong. As my favorite poet I wasn't expecting any thing less from her, but those freaking goosebumps were even better than I had anticipated!


ARC provided in exchange of an honest review via Netgalley
Vani
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorites, arc-s, lgbt
Okay. Oh my goodness. Okay. This is actual magic. This is brilliance and beauty and tragedy and sorcery and I have never ever felt so much reading a poetry collection. I don't feel this much reading most things.
"I couldn't take a compliment
without feeling like a thief,
couldn't believe anything past the first page of me
was worth the read. It was a lie
when I said I couldn't take the long distance.
It was that I didn't want to drive
anything but a getaway car--"

I wanted this collection because I kne
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Carrie
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Andrea Gibson before reading this book of poetry. I definitely know her now. In fact, very intimately as a result of her vulnerability and frank openness.

The overall feeling while experiencing these poems was moroseness. My heart broke with each new page. Sure, there were sprinkles of positive reflection. But there was mostly a theme of sadness.

Sexual Identity, Sibling struggles, Tragedy, Religion, Anxiety, Depression, Politics, and Suicide are all tackled topics within th
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Ana
Having read and absolutely loved The Madness Vase (2011) in October, I couldn’t wait to pick up Andrea Gibson’s newest collection of poems. Some bits were already familiar as they’d been playfully paired with beautiful drawings by Sarah J. Coleman for the 2018 Take Me with You illustrated volume published earlier this year. Also, thanks to Button Poetry’s amazing social media presence, I’m always in awe to watch videos of Gibson performing their poems on stage. In this case, it was “Ode to t ...more
Skirmish
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Reaction: http://neverhollowed.tumblr.com/tagge...
Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect

I received a copy of Lord of Butterflies from Button Poetry via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Emma Scott
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
that we are not truly alone in this
that our veins are absolutely strings
tied to other people’s kites,
that our lives are that connected.
That my butterflies are never gone.

I don’t have anything better to say that the poet’s own words.
E.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley

4 🌟

"You're going to kill your own god
so you can fall in love for the first time."


I first got interested in this book because of poetry from queer perspective but Gibson touches upon many other subjects, mainly -- politics, trump administration (they didn't capitalise his name so I won't do that as well), faith, family, disability, mental health, and suicide.

With so many subjects I would expect this not even 100 pages long work to be all over th
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Chesca
ARC provided by Button Poetry via Netgalley in exchange for a review

Andrea Gibson's Lord of the Butterflies is a collection of poems that will pull at ankles and lift hearts up to shatter them like fireworks against dark skies.

With a focus on LGBTQ struggles, mental health, and family, Gibson built a door to welcome pain, loss, and love that will reform the lives of readers. This book is powerful and it matters.
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Full review: http://swiftcoffee.blog/2019/01/05/lo...

I thought this was simply gonna be a book of love and suffering, and mostly about being queer, I guess I imagined something average, but god, this was something powerful!

It was both strong and sweet, it touched a lot of important subjects besides the life and situation of LGBTQIA+ people, like gun violence, war, racism, the way America (and the world) is heading, and more, and every word made me feel something. Every word had it's own purpose,
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BadassCmd
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Do you remember the first record
Where we didn’t have to change
the pronouns to sing along? We’d gone
so many years without music
that knew us.”

I didn’t know any poem by Andrea Gibson before starting to read this collection, but I’m really happy I found this and got the chance to read it.

The cover is also really beautiful, which adds to my urge to get the paperback and have collection on my shelf to skip through from time to time.

I originally was interested in this because of the poems from the
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Kales
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't believe Andrea's poetry could get any better but it has. I loved being able to read some of the poems they read allowed when I saw them live back in February. I heard the poems in their voice and could easily recall the performances like they were yesterday.

This is a beautiful, heartbreaking collection with Andrea's signature style, wit, intelligence, and passion woven throughout. It is intoxicating and hard to put down -- save for those moments when you need a breather because you jus
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Isaiah
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews.

I got an ARC of this book.

This book of poetry is pretty fantastic. There were a few poems that either went entirely over my head or I just didn't enjoy them, but overall there was an emotional punch here that I enjoyed. The topics ranged from break-ups to the Pulse nightclub shooting to the current presidency. 

There was a lot more about gender in this collection than the last one I read. I enjoyed the gender conversation. If I had read this when I wa
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Rebecca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an earc copy of this book.

I enjoyed this collection of poetry. I connected to some of it and they made me feel things but even some I didn’t connect with made me feel things too. If you enjoy poetry I would recommend you to pick this up. I gave this a 3.75 out of 5 stars.
jordan
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Relevant and written to be both relatable and deeply personal. Some of the poems seemed like they’d be better off as spoken word, though.

“Let’s hyperventilate like it’s 1999.”
Siobhán
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free poetry collection!*

I really enjoyed "Lord of the Butterflies" by Andrea Gibson, who is an American activist and poet. Their poetry (as far as I can tell from this poetry collection) focusses on gender identity, LGBTQ and political issues such as gun violence, war and the possibility of social reforms. Some poems were hard to read and made me sad. Nevertheless, I already recommended the book to a colleague at m
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Rilee Moulton
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly healing! My head spun in awe multiple times.
Gabrielle Carolina
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bir18
No one does love poems like Gibson does love poems.
Kit
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like a lighthouse through a fog of uncertainty, Gibson's poetic work offers honesty, clarity, and illumination discussing place, (self)love, and the queer experience.
Heather
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wlw, poetry, own, paperback
I've only recently been introduced to Andrea Gibson and the writing has already made an impact on me. Whether it's Boomerang Valentine or Living Proof, which I've frequently gone back to, or Ode To The Public Panic Attack, which I relate to too much.

Andrea speaks of the plights of queerness, of deeply personal events in her life, and things we can all relate to. I heard Living Proof read by her in a YouTube video and I couldn't get over the passion of her statements, I had to immediately go out
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Rimsha Jairajpuri
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Powerful collection with some heart-wrenching lined. Beautiful.
Raven Black
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ones without them as a main character are stronger, for my tastes, but all are relatable to someone
Jessica | Booked J
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Review also found here at Booked J.

I know I've said it a hundred times over this year, last year, and several years before but: Lord of the Butterflies is a standout. Truly one of the best poetic releases of 2018. The thing that makes Lord of the Butterflies so poignant? Simple: Andrea Gibson.

And Gibson's voice is very important to note.
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Kirsten Tattersall
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"But heat rises for the same reason people rise-because they have to. I think the heat would like to rest sometime, don't you?"

Before this book I had never heard any of Andrea Gibson's poetry but I feel I need to go back and read the rest of their works because this book was so emotionally effecting to me. I don't think there was a moment reading this collection that I wasn't crying or on the verge of tears.

I loved th
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Jeremy Mifsud
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, lgbt, favourites
I have received an Advanced Review Copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Andrea Gibson is a spoken-word poet and I was sceptical that text could capture the magic of epic performances—it does. Reflecting the nature of spoken-word poetry, most poems were longer than to what I’m used to reading in journals. It’s harder work to have a five-page poem (on Kindle) that is continuously, word by word, attention grabbing. In addition, Andrea has mastered the art of indentation and line-br
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Dorie
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantabulous
Lord of The Butterflies
by Andrea Gibson
2018
IPBA/Button Poetry
5.0 / 5.0

Powerful and beautifully written, deep and invigorating, this is poetry and prose that reached into the depth of my soul, taking random, yet strong emotions and putting them into words. Giving them a voice.
Good poets make us feel like we belong, are understood and less alone.
Great poets can make us more aware of ourselves by sharing their own feelings. Can make us see beyond just ourselves, the interconnectivity of life.
An
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Sassafras Lowrey
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
the about the author describes this book as: " a book of protests, panic attacks and pride parades." I think that's the best description of this book i could come up with. Andrea Gibson is one of my favorite poets so I enjoy this book - like with all their books I find it a little annoying how much gets repeated between the albums and the books (but i get why). I will say though I found myself hoping that they are ok as I read this book it was one of the sadder/darker/less hopeful collections of ...more
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to #NetGalley and Button Poetry for the ARC of #LordOfTheButterflies

I am not one who often reads poetry, but in a spurt of curiosity, I decided to give this collection a read.

Goodness, am I glad I did.

This collection of poems was heartwrenchingly beautiful and brutally honest all at once. I found a number of poems to be very relatable and thought-provoking in their message, and especially appreciated that the writings were done from an LGBT+ perspective.
A few of the poems were politica
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Amber
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Button poetry has been my go-to for my poetry fix, and here we are with another lovely title and cover... that didn't resonate with me.

I've said it before elsewhere, but I do think it is important to talk about queer experience and mental health, it is very important to see and hear their voices, but that doesn't make this poetry collection standout good. And it's not bad either!

These poems are better performed than read, so if you do like Gibson and want to carry a piece of their performance,
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Lillian Lippold
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Andrea Gibson. Is. Magic.

“Come make it count, our finding each other like we’ve found god, come believing we can heal it all, even everything.”

This poetry book has been long-awaited as I have always been fascinated with Gibson’s work. It has this air about it that makes the reader feel automatically seen. Their work is a warm hug and a hand to hold while also being a cold bucket of water, awakening me to realities I have been closing myself off to.

There will be a longer review up on a blog I am
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Andrea Gibson is an award-winning poet and activist who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Their latest book THE LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES will be published by Button in November 2018.

Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society. In addition to using poetry to express what they feel and provide social and political commentary on real
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“When all the good in you
starts arguing with all the bad in you
about who you really are,
never let the bad in you
make the better case.”
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