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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,350 ratings  ·  118 reviews
In Pansy, Gibson balances themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to truly heal. Each turn of the page represents both that which as been forgotten and that which is yet to be released. While this book is a rally cry for political action, it is ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Write Bloody Publishing
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Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"All the wars we've fought
have turned our shine into rust;
Now we can't touch each other's trust
without a tetanus shot."
Taissa Morimoto
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5, if you're into having your heart broken
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I fiercely adore Andrea Gibson's work. It is just so emotional and funny and irreverent, and I feel sad over one poem and laugh at the next. Gibson nails the balance between humor, love, tragedy, and social justice. Of all their collections, this one definitely feels the most personal, like Gibson carved their heart out and offered up to readers. It might be Gibson's best.

My favorite three poems in Pansy are Angels of the Get-Through, Etiquette Leash, and To the Men Catcalling My Girlfriend Whi
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I tried pacing myself with this. It's my first read of Gibson; I've only ever listened before, so I wanted to really slow down and read. When I listen to their spoken word I have to do it with my eyes closed because it feels like meditation, so I thought maybe taking it slow would have a similar effect. Reading Gibson's work is thirst quenching, though, and I ended up gulping. Which brought me to an interesting realization: I've always admired people who can analytically attend to literature. I ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Andrea Gibson is one of my favorite poets and this poetry collection is mesmerizing. You definitely need to youtube their videos and watch them perform because they literally breathes life into their poems.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
"They're telling you to blend in,
like you've never seen how a blender works,
like they think you've never seen the mess from the blade."

I am still here.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have a story about this book.
I had a dog named Gadget that we adopted when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. He was with us for 17, almost 18 years. It was time to make the decision to let him go, as hard as it was. Gadget loved cuddling when he was younger, but as he got older his bones would get too achy to cuddle with us. So instead of cuddling I found a new way to spend time with him -- I'd read him poetry. I received a copy of this book for Christmas, and having never read it before I deci
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Over the years Andrea Gibson has become my favourite poet. They manage to fill their poetry with raw emotions that sometimes leave me breathless. They write about themes such as love, gender, sexuality and mental health.

My favourite poems were The madness vase aka the nutritionist, Plum and For the leaving.
"Remember you never have an obligation to quiet the hurricane inside your chest"
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, poetry
I have been told sometimes the most healing thing we can do, is to remind ourselves over and over.. Other people feel this too.
Bree Hill
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I've finally learned love is a screened in porch.
I've finally learned love is knowing everybody's name in the town of your reasons to run."

There's no way I could give this collection of poetry anything less than five stars.
These poems are so in your face, so real, so raw so aware they are amazing. There are two poems I reread multiple times and laughed out loud each time like it was my first time reading them. There were poems I had to raise my fist in the air and say hell yes #Woke! Finally a
Puck Hofman
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Gibson is amazing. Want to read this over and over again. So important, powerful, touching, funny! Some favorites were angels of the get through, emergency contact, to the men catcalling my girlfriend while Im walking beside her. Would recommend these poems to everyone!!
Still trying to understand what I'm looking for in poetry. I enjoyed this collection, I especially loved the poems that focused on politics and white privilege. I'm not much for poetry about romance/love (or haven't found some I liked yet). I can understand why this speaks to people.
Julie Derosa
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
Andrea Gibson never fails to move me. Beautiful poems. 'Angels of the get-through' my personal favorite from this collection.
Talicha Johnson
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! This is one of the best books of poetry that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I was outraged. This book put me through it in the best way. Love Andrea's work.
Jan 17, 2017 added it
This was my first time reading any of Andrea's poems. I've heard them performed many times. They have a special and different magic on paper.
I read this when it first came out but it must not have been on Goodreads yet. Anyway. What can I say.

I wish I could get my elbows to stay. I don't know if I'll live through any more skinned knee hearts. But I know I am not alone. I don't know if I am ever going to be able to accept that the pace of my growth has already hurt so many people. I want to say, "It's okay. Everyone's survival looks a little bit like death sometimes." to you everyday for the rest of your life or at least until you st
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's very rare that I read a book of poetry front to back in essentially one sitting, but this is a really extraordinary volume. The author, Andrea Gibson, is currently on an international tour taking these words and others to a staggering number of stages. The poems are full of the mixed up process of pain and healing, of being strong and vulnerable at the right times, of questioning gender, of queer love and heartbreak. Published in 2015, they chronicle a rising awareness of racism and racial ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this is my first time reading their work after seeing their spoken word performance of 'living proof' on YouTube and being moved to tears. where the hell have i been all this time? such beautiful words, images, emotions. they're easily becoming one of my favourite poets, ever.

i recommend watching the performance i mentioned if you wanted a snippet. then read this at your own pace - maybe one poem a day, to allow for adequate emotional turmoil, or devour it in a couple of hours like i did, and ha
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing total brutal brilliance that cannot be described other than the words that make up the book
Preston Stell
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Loving these poems! I’ve read these to my daughter. They put her right to sleep. Andrea has blown my mind on many occasions. They really made me feel woke to so many things I was asleep to. I can’t wait to move on to their next collection. Andrea/Andrew is a master poet and master spoken word artist too. Look them up on audio streaming and YouTube. You’re going to love their poems!
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love their work. I knew I would love it, and I did. Thank you for the consistant heart aches, Andrea Andrew. Thank you for your radical queer existence. Thank you.

"May our good hearts forever be too loud to let the neighbors sleep."
Emma Hensley
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely breathtaking poetry collection. Every poem was heartbreakingly honest and beautiful and raw. Definitely found my new favorite poet.
Dani Kass
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own, poetry
Normally I fly through books of poetry in an hour or two, making a note here and there or rereading a few poems. But this collection was heavy and it took me weeks. I loved every second of it. I would read one and have to put the book away to process it for hours before I was ready to read another. I can't wait to read it again and again.
Nicole Fegan
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
"you love me like / the war is finally over"

I've read and seen and listened to a lot of Andrea Gibson, and this collection is definitely my favorite. It is a very self-aware set of poetry. It is the aftermath of the storm, where Andrea is hyperaware of all the damage she and other people have done, and she's ready to start restoring the town and assuring people why she's here. And it's beautiful. There are still remnants of the flood but we're getting better, my god, we're getting better.
Rachel Davies
very good yes nice warm comforting mhm
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So many great gems in this book. Wow! I wish I would've taken more time to read but I couldn't help myself. A lot of different themes are discussed. Refreshing.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave
I am so desperate to learn
how people reach each other
I can't stop running around
cursing this city for the day they started burying
the telephone wires underground.

many of these poems have already been featured on andrea's spoke-word albums but it's great to have them re-worked in this collection!

i love every single word andrea writes and can't even begin to choose a favourite. you think you know where she's going then a line will stab you in the stomach. reading this just makes me feel happy tha
Duong Vo
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've head the pleasure of actually seeing Andrea Gibson live reciting some of these poems. It was one of my favorite shows ever. It had all the appeal of a truly terrifying art. It is the kind of art that's meant to incite emotion and change in individuals both reading and reacting to it. I must say that after reading this book I was left with utter disappointment. The poems themselves were phenomenal, but these works I think were created to be spoken. Honestly, the person who performs the spoke ...more
Derek Peffer
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, feminism, gender
Andrea Gibson's collection of poems speak on a variety of topics and thoughts in an engaging and elaborate way. In a way, it got me to stop and think of my own past experiences. I'd say for me personally, that was some of the most valuable parts of reading this collection. The other valuable part was the expression, the encounter with the poet who is still reeling from her own mental health frustrations. That encounter was well worth the reading and gave me a greater perspective from a poet's fr ...more
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Andrea Gibson is an award-winning poet and activist who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Their latest book THE LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES will be published by Button in November 2018.

Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society. In addition to using poetry to express what they feel and provide social and political commentary on real

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