Political and LGBTQ poet Andrea Gibson released their poem and pairing visual “About The Weather” off their new spoken word album, HEY GALAXY. The video premiered on Nylon. Gibson’s poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today’s society. Gibson also goes by Andrew, using gender-neutral pronouns. Many of Gibson’s poems center around gender identity.
“About the Weather” was written during a blizzard in Colorado, where the poet is currently based. The longing narration is full of nostalgia as Andrea Gibson explores their childhood growing up in Maine.
Gibson explains: “After I got bored of answering with my own small talk, I imagined what my response to that question would be if I took the time to answer it thoughtfully. I love the journey that thought process took me on, the memories it surfaced, the magic of growing up in the winters of northern Maine, and how that shaped my lens on the world around me today. It’s a poem they rightfully consider to be one of their ‘more whimsical pieces,’ but it still cuts deeply, asking us, listeners, to consider how we go about observing our day-to-day.”
Gibson adds, “It speaks to my want to shake free from the script, to not robot my way through my days small-talking the beauty out of the beauty.”
Gibson is currently on tour. You can check out the tour dates and learn more on Andrea Gibson’s website.