Lord of the Butterflies


Andrea Gibson, 2018.


Andrea Gibson’s latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson’s career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.



Praise for Andrea Gibson

Gibson expertly walks the line between grief and hope, giving readers a deeply layered collection . . . . With all the grace and hope that fans of Gibson’s work have come to expect, the author finds beauty even in the most painful moments of their life.

— Ronnie K. Stephens, Lambda Literary

Andrea Gibson’s unabashedly emotional poetry performances create communal spaces for audiences to feel through the pain and joy of being queer, express queer love, and break the isolation of mental illness. None of this emotional power is lost in the transition from stage to page. . . . Their work is full of transformations—the lighter beneath a crack spoon becomes dripping ice cream—and witnessing these transformations offers liberation and healing.

— Elizabeth Hoover, Star Tribune

Andrea Gibson’s poetry surges on a wave of perseverance. Even as their poems reckon with depression and political turmoil, there’s a thread of possibility and hope within them—it may be unraveling, but it’s there, and Gibson wants you to take note.

— Caitlin Wolper, Nylon

About Andrea Gibson

Biography ANDREA GIBSON (they/them/theirs) is a queer author of five full-length collections of poetry, including Lord of the Butterflies (Button Poetry 2018) which sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. Winner of The Independent Publishers Award in 2019, Andrea is… MORE

Additional information

Weight5.4 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.313 in

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Page Count

104 pages

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

Author Hometown

Boulder, Colorado



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