Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns


Andrea Gibson, 2008

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Queer, award-winning poet launches their first collection of haunting and inspiring poetry.

Four-time Denver Grand Champion, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the 2008 Women of the World Poetry Slam Andrea Gibson’s dynamic and energetic first book, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns, challenges us to not only read, but to react.

Hauntingly vivid, the poems march through a soldier’s lingering psychological wounds, tackle the curious questions of school children on the meaning of “hate”, and tangle with a lover’s witty and vibrant description of longing.

Gibson’s poems deconstruct the current political climate through stunning imagery and careful crafting. With the same velocity, the poignant and vacillating love poems sweep the air out of the room. It’s word-induced hypoxia. Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns whispers with a bold and unforgettable internal voice rich with the kind of questioning that inspires action.

Praise for Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson does not just show up to pluck your heart strings, [they] stick around to tune them. If being floored is new to you, ya might wanna grab a cushion. Beware the highway in [their] grace and the crowbar in her verse.

—Buddy Wakefield, A Choir of Honest Killers

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

Weight5.3 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .25 in
Page Count

4 oz

Publication Date

August 10th, 2010

Author Hometown

Boulder, CO

Paperback ISBN


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