This is my comfort book. In this slim volume, Andrea Gibson tackles some of the biggest, scariest troubles in the world and makes them feel conquerable. Full of hope, heart, and just the right blend of gravity and humor, I pull these poems out on the hardest days, because they make me feel like I can keep moving forward. "Say Yes," in particular, is a masterpiece. Recommended By Madeline S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Andrea Gibson's dynamic and energetic first book, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns, challenges us to not only read, but to react. Hauntingly vivid, the poems march through a soldier's lingering psychological wounds, tackle the curious questions of school children on the meaning of hate, and tangle with a lover's witty and vibrant description of longing. Gibson's poems deconstruct the current political climate through stunning imagery and careful crafting. With the same velocity, the poignant and vacillating love poems sweep the air out of the room. It's word-induced hypoxia. Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns whispers with a bold and unforgettable internal voice rich with the kind of questioning that inspires action.
Gibson's dynamic and timely new work is a energetic collection of stirring and introspective poetry. Hauntingly vivid, her poems deconstruct the current political climate through stunning imagery and careful crafting.
About the Author
Gibson was the winner of the 2008 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and has placed 3rd in the world for the last 3 years by iWPS. She won a DIY Poetry Book of the Year and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her first book, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns. She has appeared on Free Speech TV, the documentary Slam Planet, NPR, Air America and Independent Radio Stations nationwide.