WATCH THIS is a new series that presents you with videos meant to spark ideas and discussions (and in some cases – can be used for competition).
“Maybe there are cartwheels in your mouth.
Maybe your words will grow up to be gymnasts.
Maybe you have been kicking people with them on accident.” – Andrea Gibson
You may want to cover your chin with bandages before you
watch poet Andrea Gibson perform. What is amazing on paper becomes
jaw-dropping when you watch her speak with vibrating passion and urgency.
Though many of her poems deal with complicated topics such as gender, identity,
diversity and adversity – her “Letter To A Playground Bully…” speaks to anyone who has had to
cope with an unpleasant or aggressive person. Unfortunately, that may apply to more of us than we'd like to admit.
A quick search on YouTube will allow you to watch several of her performances. If you're interested in reading more of Andrea Gibson's poetry (or using it in competition), you can order her books and cds through her website, Amazon or Write Bloody Publishers.