Take Me with You
Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploratio ...more
This is probably the purest poetry collection I've ever read.
I know poetry is extremely personal, you have to connect to an author's personal experience to really enjoy what this person has to say, and fortunately for me I did connect with Andrea Gibson. They touched my heart on so many levels, reading their poetry collection was a beautiful experience.
There is a huge message of hope hiding behind all these poems, and this collection isn't trying to sell you some easy and pol ...more
As they are, they fall into the Instagram/Tumblr poetry category... some compare with Rupi Kaur but I would only agr ...more
The pair is just beautiful and damned😉
And so crazily into each other.
The illustration got me. Like...I am in a dream and he is just talking about his girl.
Makes me want to be in love. With a normal human being.
This is the irony of reading such silly, cute books.
There he is describing the one he loves who is different from others and why and how he loves this person for being this person.
And while I am this one, I am thinking about a normal, o ...more
Since I adore Rupi Kaur's poems, I'm intrgued to give Take Me With You a try. It's a LGBTQ poem collection which explores various topics. The topics that highlighted this book were political and family related poems. Raising their voices as they struggled on being accepted by the society and their love ones. It's written with such rawness and I like it. However, some poems aren't my cup of tea particularly about love. I thought the ...more
And one year dow ...more
"A pocket book, by Andrea Gibson. Out January 23rd, 2018
A book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.
Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the ex ...more
I want to start off with the fact that this book has gorgeous end pages and along with the gorgeous end pages, the illustrations within the book are also beautiful. Again, like I mention when I review poetry, I don't know much about poetry but I enjoy reading it and taking in the emotions and relating to it.
This collection of poetry is divided into three sections:
On the world
I felt the sections "on love" and "on the w ...more
Disclaimer: Got a pre release ARC copy through Net Galley for an honest review.
Expected Publication Date: 13 February, 2018
Take Me With You is a collection of LGBTQ poems written by Andrea Gibson. And is divided into three segments: Love, The World and Becoming, through which it explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness.
Few of the poems were really well written and touches your heart. But many were just, Just Bad. Among which some were too cliched and some cri...more
This is an important book addressing love, the world, politics, ourselves, panic attacks, and simple reminders… realisations?
And one life lesson I picked up (in Capital letters! YES!): The worst thing that ever happened to me was not the worst thing that ever happened to me. Hating myself for it was.”
“Coming into our own humanity often takes enormous effort, commitment, and bravery. I believe we should be taught that at an early age. I believe part of the violence of our culture stirs from the myth that kindness is natural. I don’t think kindness is natural. I think kindness would only be natural in a world where no one is hurt, and everyone is hurt. So kindness is work. Kindness is our knees in the garden weeding our bites, our apathies, our cold shoulders, our silences, our cruelties, w...more
This is modern poetry done right, the Kaur style effective, and Andrea Gibson is a genius. I love their work here, and as a live performer so so much. I liked this collection a lot.
There I something I want to discuss. I noticed that the end page said these lines and such were just excerpts from other collections by Gibson, and I inferred from the marketing and blurb that either Gibson on someone on their team purposefully pulled parts of other poems and one-liners to s ...more
I was expecting a book of poetry, whereas I read a book of quotes. Even then, I expected more - especially from a goodreads choice award nominee.
Gibson seems to have had a difficult and confusing life. Contradictions abound. Whitman: Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
These are excerpts of poems. Some of them were new to me, some I've had the pleasure of listening to live. Some of these few lines managed to take me right back to that extraordinary moment when Andrea Gibson was in front of me, their voice everything. They are magic and they ...more
Interestingly, anything can pass as poetry nowadays. I was expecting a real poetry type of collection.
After finishing this I saw that these are excerpts from Gibson’s poetry collections. Why would someone do that, pull just some parts of their poetry, and make this? I didn’t like the first part of the collection. I was reading it with a confused grimace face because some things made me go wtf? The second and third parts had two or three quotes (I refuse to call them poems) that were to my ...more
(originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, this means that the author may have made changes in the final print and some of the quotes used in this review may have been changed
This book was absolutely beautiful and it’s s ...more
Some poems hit me hard in simplicity and power. Some felt like a quick scribble that didn't feel like it needed a page.
Still, those powerful ones made up for it. In the end spoken word is best spoken than read. Some of the poems i have watched Gibson perform on youtube. ...more
Andrea Gibson’s Take Me with You is for the folks who are fans of the poetry style that you often see on Tumblr and Instagram; something along the lines of Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, Clementine von Radics— In other words, this isn’t my cup of tea, but I picked it up anyway because it’s not every day you get to read works by trans/nonbinary poets.
The mean ...more
There are three parts that cover sexuality, gender, politics, feminism, family and accepting oneself. I breezed through this little book in half an hour but I was so taken with it that I know I’ll find myself revisiting it often. Not to mention, the illust ...more
“You look like Marilyn Monroe and it makes me wanna run ... for president”
“Like pac-man, she swallows my ghosts”
Part 2: Better. Both idealistic and truthful.
Part 3: Ultimate self-care? Mixture of cliches and poetic gems.
Some of the “poems” I wish were extended into longer pieces, but brevity seemed to be a goal here, so I’m not too irked by it.
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 ...more