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Lord of Butterflies – Andrea Gibson

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 is a new to me author and it was a pleasant surprise to discover that modern poetry is not so bad as I thought. In fact, her work strikes a chord and resonate strongly. 

This is the best advice for insomnia
anyone has ever given me: TRY TO STAY

So I try to hate this world.
And then I wait…

Many of them had me blinking back some tears.

How do I say the truth isn’t the right filter?
The truth knows nothing
of who you almost were, but I do.
I just clicked a button. I undo one tiny thing:
       and there you are.

Yes, this definition of depression

to put on
your best outfit
and feel like you’re dressing
a wound.

And there were happier thoughts too.

It’s kind of sweet actually,
what you’re given to believe
     in the goodness of the world–
your own good name,
             your own good light,
your own wise and grown life,
            all traded for a galaxy
            that wouldn’t hurt
                      a fly.

Powerful stuff! 


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


5 Stars – absolutely perfect


Soundtrack: Beautiful as a Butterfly
Artist: Pavement
Album: Brighten the Corners



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