The Madness Vase

The Madness Vase

A Collection of Poetry

Book - 2011
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Andrea Gibson's second book of poems, The Madness Vase, offers a breathtaking continuation of the poet#65533;e(tm)s most tender and honest work. Her fist book, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns opened the door to Gibson's unapologetic voice, yet The Madness Vase manages to take an even more intimate look at the subjects of family, war, spirituality, gender, grief and hope. #65533; The poems#65533;e(tm) topics range from hate crimes to playgrounds, from international conflict to hometowns, from falling in love to the desperation of loneliness. #65533; Gibson#65533;e(tm)s work seizes us by the collar and hauls us inside some of her darkest moments, then releases out the other side.#65533; Moments later, we find ourselves inhaling words that fill us with light. #65533; Her luminous imagery is a buoy that allows us to resurface from her world clutching new possibilities of our own.#65533; Throughout her career, Gibson's poems have always been a call to social justice. #65533; But this collection goes beyond awareness.#65533; Her#65533; images linger in our psyches and entreat us to action. #65533; They challenge us to grow into our own skin. #65533; The journey may be raw at times but we are continuously left inspired, held, and certain we are not alone. #65533; By the time you finish reading The Madness Vase, you too will believe, #65533;eoeFolks like us/We#65533;e(tm)ve got shoulder blades that rust in the rain/But they are still G-sharp/Whenever our spinal chords are tuned to the key of redemption/So go ahead world/Pick us/To make things better.
Publisher: Long Beach, CA : Write Bloody Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9781935904373
193590437X
Branch Call Number: 811.6 G357m 2011
Characteristics: 113 p. ; 22 cm

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May 16, 2018

Andrea Gibson is one of the most well known poets in spoken word for a reason. Their work is heart breaking and beautiful. They consistently tackling themes such as faith, religion, gender, queerness, heartbreak and mental health. This is by far one of my favorite collections of theirs.

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