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“America, Reloading”

Andrea Gibson shares video for “America, Reloading” featuring music by Ani DiFranco.

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Andrea Gibson – slam poet, activist and author, released an extremely powerful video accompanying their essay “America, Reloading,” a commentary on gun control and school shootings. The poem is from their latest book, Lord of the Butterflies and singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco contributed music to the piece.

In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Lord of the Butterflies, is a masterful showcase from the renowned poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. An artful and nuanced look at gender, romance, loss, and family, this is also a book of protest. While rioting against gun violence, homophobia, and white supremacy, Gibson (they/them) celebrates gender expansion, queer love, and the will to stay alive. Each emotion in Lord of the Butterflies is deft and delicate, resting within imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

“I know the poem itself can be difficult to read. It was difficult to write. It’s a shame it has to be written at all.”

Andrea is currently finishing up a 30+ date tour supporting, Lord of the Butterflies and will be making stops along the major East Coast markets before heading to the UK.

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