The Madness Vase

By Andrea Gibson,

Book cover of The Madness Vase

Book description

These poems’ topics range from hate crimes to playgrounds, from international conflict to hometowns, from falling in love to the desperation of loneliness. Gibson’s work seizes us by the collar and hauls us inside some of her darkest moments, then releases us out the other side.

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked The Madness Vase as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Andrea Gibson’s spoken word poems are gut-wrenching testaments to the power of vulnerability and tenderness, weaving anecdotes into fervent pleas for empathy, connection, and social justice. The magic of their pieces lies in the both/and of beauty and pain, unflinchingly facing trauma while clinging to hope. This collection’s strongest poems include “Ashes” (about a gay soldier burned to death) and “Somewhere, a Carpenter” (about the artist’s love for their grandmother). If you want to be truly spellbound, look for the recorded versions of these poems—I’ve attended two of Gibson’s live performances and had goosebumps all over and/or tears streaming down…

Want books like The Madness Vase?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like The Madness Vase.

Browse books like The Madness Vase

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in women, social justice, and presidential biography?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about women, social justice, and presidential biography.

Women Explore 590 books about women
Social Justice Explore 76 books about social justice
Presidential Biography Explore 19 books about presidential biography