Lord of the Butterflies

Lord of the Butterflies

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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Lord of the Butterflies Reviews

  • Raven Black

    The ones without them as a main character are stronger, for my tastes, but all are relatable to someone

  • Kales

    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

    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 just read a line and forgot how much of a punch the English language could pack when organized correctly.

    I'm also obsessed with the title of the collection. I know it is a nickname for Andrea from their girlfriend but I love the whole meaning behind it. I also love the tie in with butterflies, especially from one of the most memorable poems at the end of the collection.

    I cannot wait to see Andrea perform again in November when they come to Denver and this collection is released. It will kick you in the heart, and hold your breath hostage.

    Conclusion: Hating that I promised this copy to a friend already because I want to reread it and highlight it

  • Ana

    Having read and absolutely loved

    (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

    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

    Having read and absolutely loved

    (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

    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 the Public Panic Attack.”

    But a collection of poems is something you can experience as a whole only from cover to cover, in the order the author intended you to read them. Of course, you could always choose your own way through, read and re-read them however you fancy!

    If in

    , Gibson experiments with text and illustration, here we have poems in various forms: from strings of two or three liners, like “Your Life,” “First Love,” and “Baby Teeth in a Landfill,” to prose poems, like “What Do You Think about This Weather?” and “Tincture,” plus a few unexpected dictionary-entry-type poems on “Depression [verb],” “Resentment [verb],” or “White Feminism [noun].”

    They are queer love poems, mental health poems, and social justice poems, sometimes a subtly layered combination of all these themes and images in their signature passionate style. It was heartbreaking to read “Orlando” and “America, Reloading,” yet sometimes it takes just a couple of lines to have that powerful, hard-hitting effect: “imagine choosing nothing at all. imagine something hurting that bad” (“The Day You Died Because You Wanted To”), or a closing line: “Tell us again about goosebumps. Tell us again about pain.” (“Tincture”).

    Needless to say, Andrea Gibson is currently my favourite poet, I’m still not over “Ashes,” and I’m quite jealous of those who discovered them years and years ago!

    *Thanks to NetGalley & Button Poetry for the opportunity to read a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    RELEASED NOVEMBER 27, 2018.*

  • Ari

    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!

  • Jessica | Booked J

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    at Booked J.

    I know I've said it a hundred times over this year, last year, and several years before but:

    is a standout. Truly one of the best poetic releases of 2018. The thing that makes

    so poignant? Simple: Andrea Gibson.

    And Gibson's voice is very important to note.

    Review also found

    at Booked J.

    I know I've said it a hundred times over this year, last year, and several years before but:

    is a standout. Truly one of the best poetic releases of 2018. The thing that makes

    so poignant? Simple: Andrea Gibson.

    And Gibson's voice is very important to note. Because if there is one thing you should know about them before you read

    , it's that Gibson's prose has a presence that is potent and prone to getting under your skin in the way that only good poetry can. You'll feel. You'll cry. You'll smile. You'll be.

    treats you to any emotion imaginable.

    Which is to say: they know how to hit you right in the soul with their words and that's the sign of pure brilliance in poetry. Gibson takes you by your collar and leaves you reeling from their honesty. I was honestly dizzy with emotion the moment I finished this collection and then I did something I so rarely do upon finishing a book--I went back to the start and read it again.

    You can always tell when a poet is genuine in their words, and Gibson is at a certain point beyond genuine. You can't label their work, because it's in a league of its own.

    Right now, Gibson is someone you should be listening to.

    They are unforgettable as they come.

    I always find it so difficult to review poetry because poetry is all about feeling something and to try and review it? It's nearly impossible without breaking down every single line, from every single poem, and that would ruin the experience of reading

    for the first time.

    So here's what I will say:

    is a breathtaking exploration of Gibson. You don't want to miss this.

  • Skirmish

    Book Reaction:

    Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect

    I received a copy of Lord of Butterflies from Button Poetry via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jeremy Mifsud

    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

    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-breaks, each placed intentionally and adding meaning. (Side note: such indentation is even harder to pull off on e-books, but the copy sent to my Kindle was precisely formatted.)

    The poetry included several works on queer identity, personal relationships and mass shootings. From the first poem, I found myself highlighting verses because they’re the kind I’d want to read over and over again. In Orlando, which is a poem about queer safe spaces and the Pulse nightclub shooting, Andrea writes:

    “even life is like funeral practice:

    half of us already dead

    to our families before we die,

    half of us still on our knees

    trying to crawl

    into the family photo.”

    I could write a whole essay inspired by this verse, but still, the verse speaks best for itself.

    One thing I tend to do in reviews of poetry collections is mentioning my preferred piece. With Lord of the Butterflies, I realised this was going to be an impossible task. By the first third of the collection, I had marked the following: Photoshopping My Sister’s Mugshot, Ode to the Public Panic Attack, Gender in the Key of Lyme Disease. After that, I stopped noting down, for it felt pointless to provide an index list to all the poems.

    The raw honesty and vulnerability in the poetry made this collection an incredible experience. I was most touched by those pieces talking about her sister. I’m somewhat speechless, not having words in the English vocabulary that could explain; and perhaps the best way for me to convey this experience is to tell you: read Lord of the Butterflies.

    P.S. I’m listening to Andrea’s spoken-word album Hey Galaxy on Spotify while writing this review, and I’m beyond wowed—astonished of how well the poems are brought to life. If you haven’t heard of Andrea Gibson, do yourself a favour and look them up.

    Review was first published on my blog:

  • Emma Scott

    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.

  • BadassCmd

    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

    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 queer perspective. And I loved those poems, they were very heartfelt and tender in some ways but also raw and unapologetic. Especially ‘Orlando’ really got to me, made my heart beat faster and ache in sorrow.

    But this is definitely not ‘just’ a poetry collection about queerness, as one might think. There’s a variation of other subjects and issues made focus in the different poems that might or might not be related to the queer identity but can stand for themselves. There are very personal insights on therapy and suicidal thoughts and panic attacks, but also on politics, the Trump administration and more.

    I think this is a pretty well rounded collection and I’ll definitely read more of this author.

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