When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Shark Club, 2808 S. 72nd St.
Tickets: $15 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/520317
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When Andrea Gibson writes a poem, she doesn't sit down at a computer.
When she sits still, she said by email, nothing comes to her. So she runs around her house, screaming at the top of her lungs.
Gibson often knows the sound and feeling of a poem before she even thinks about the words.
“Sometimes I think the words are the least relevant part,” she said.
Gibson performs heart-wrenching poetry about love, anxiety, war and gender. It made her the first winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her deeply personal poetry is often blended with music, a rather uncommon element for a spoken word poet.
On this tour, she is collaborating with Chris Pureka, a singer and songwriter who often writes songs to accompany Gibson's poetry. Gibson said she loves collaborating on art.
“If there's a song backing a poem I've written, each night the music can pull something new out of me,” Gibson said in an email. “I can hear my own words in a new way, and I notice it helps me stay present in my heart, and more able to show up honestly and authentically each night.”
Gibson said she has been thinking a lot about issues of class, white privilege and patriarchy as well as about more traditional poem fodder such as love, loss and anxiety. This tour she will be presenting poems that she said she is terrified to perform, all in an effort to make herself more vulnerable.