You Better Be Lightning by Andrea Gibson is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection.
The poems range from close examination of the deeply personal to the vastness of the world, exploring the expansiveness of the human experience from love to illness, from space to climate change, and so much more in between.
One of the most celebrated poets and performers of the last two decades, Andrea Gibson’s trademark honesty and vulnerability are on full display in You Better Be Lightning, welcoming and inviting readers to be just as they are.
“ANDREA GIBSON WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT GENDER.”
“ANDREA GIBSON SEAMLESSLY SPINS HOPELESSNESS INTO HOPE, FIRES BACK AT SOCIAL NORMS, AND CHALLENGES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE AND TO BE HUMAN”
“ANDREA GIBSON’S POETRY… WILL MAKE YOU FEEL SEEN AND HEARD AND BEAUTIFULLY ARTICULATED…”
― HUFFINGTON POST
”GIBSON CAPTURES RAW HUMAN EXPERIENCES AND EMOTIONS―BOTH GOOD AND BAD AND TURNS THEM INTO SOMETHING OPTIMISTIC AND HOPEFUL, REMINDING THEIR AUDIENCE OF THE POWER IN VULNERABILITY AND IN LIVING.”
― OUT FRONT MAGAZINE
“ANDREA GIBSON IS IN THE FIGHT FOR HEARTS AND MINDS. WITH A RELENTLESS SENSE OF URGENCY AND EMOTIONS ― “HAVING FEELINGS ALL OVER” ― LEAVENED BY AN OCCASIONAL FLASH OF HUMOR.”
About the Author
One of the most celebrated and successful poets of the last two decades, Andrea Gibson began their career in 1999 with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Gibson leapt into the forefront of the national spoken word poetry scene when they won the first ever Woman of the World Poetry Slam. Gibson is the author of four previous books of poetry and has release seven spoken-word albums. The honesty of Gibson’s work makes audiences and readers feel welcome as they are. They are based out of Boulder, CO.