The Madness Vase

The Madness Vase

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Andrea Gibson's second book of poems, The Madness Vase, offers a breathtaking continuation of the poet'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. The poems' topics range from hate crimes to playgrounds, from international conflict to hometowns, from falling in love to the desperation of loneliness. Gibson's work seizes us by the collar and hauls us inside some of her darkest moments, then releases out the other side. Moments later, we find ourselves inhaling words that fill us with light. Her luminous imagery is a buoy that allows us to resurface from her world clutching new possibilities of our own. Throughout her career, Gibson's poems have always been a call to social justice. But this collection goes beyond awareness. Her images linger in our psyches and entreat us to action. They challenge us to grow into our own skin. The journey may be raw at times but we are continuously left inspired, held, and certain we are not alone. By the time you finish reading The Madness Vase, you too will believe, "Folks like us/We'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."

Title:The Madness Vase
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781935904373
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    The Madness Vase Reviews

  • Christopher Butson

    Andrea Gibson is one of my favorite living, breathing poets. She is an activist; the LGBTQ experience and other issues of equality pervade her work. Her poetry, however, very often transcends these th...

  • Anna

    Favourite poems, some of which I reread, particularly “Ashes,” but also:“The Jewelry Store”“Andrew”“Glider Plane”“Somewhere, a Carpenter”“Gospel Salt”“Staircase”The poem th...

  • Yasmin

    There is a god walking among us on this earth...

  • Casey

    I've heard some of Gibson's slam poetry on YouTube so I was really excited to read this collection and it was absolutely amazing. Gibson writes about a lot of topics such as war, losing people, gender...

  • Saiber

    2015 Reading Challenge - Read as many Poetry Books as you may. Andrea Gibson is one of my favourite poets. Her voice is strong and her emotions are real and raw. I have read Pole Dancing to Gospel Hym...

  • Kara

    For the past few years, I've seen many quotes from Andrea Gibson's poems on tumblr and other places. I've also seen some of her performances on YouTube (many/most of the poems from this book are up on...

  • Noora

    This is absolutely amazing. I have no words to describe how beautiful Andrea Gibson's writing is. I love her style, metaphors and passion behind her words. This book, hands down, is now one of my all ...

  • Lauren Kelly

    I wanted some poetry as catharsis from the horrific events that happened in Orlando this past weekend, and Andrea Gibson was just what my heart needed.I inhaled it with the same necessity as real air....

  • Marie S.

    It's hard to put into words what I think about Andrea Gibson. They move me so much and leave me speechless and thinking about what I've done with my life so far.I'd say I preferred Pansy, but it's clo...

  • N Yen

    My favourites: SleepingSomewhere, A CarpenterAshesI Sing The Body Electric, Especially When My Power's Out...