Hurricane Butterfly

Raptor’s first stand-alone book is a collection of poems dedicated to the spirit of the late Pete Burns written by Cody Ross Romero and Kevin Salvaggio.

Hurricane Butterfly | Each book is hand-painted and sewn

Hurricane Butterfly | Each book is hand-painted and sewn

The authors write, “Hurricane Butterfly is for Pete Burnsiconic lead singer of Dead or Alive, television personality, and artist whose death in the fall of 2016 of cardiac arrest left an undeniable ache in our hearts. These poems rush to meet him on the other side of the curtain, to remember Pete in early days before he slipped into the obscure realm of celebrity death.”

Co-Author Kevin Salvaggio reading from Hurricane Butterfly at the launch party

Co-Author Kevin Salvaggio reading from Hurricane Butterfly at the launch party

These poems carry threads of loss and a sense of yearning to shake off notions of gender and performance. They showcase the undeniable power our nonconforming ancestors held in their bodies to be visibly queer and celebrated for their art and expression of love. These poems hurt and heal, asking what do weas artists and queer peopleleave behind as legacy for the next generation?

Books can be purchased via our store on Big Cartel!

Credits:
Designer/Editor: Tara Jayakar
Illustrator: Tara Jayakar
Authors: Cody Ross Romero & Kevin Salvaggio

 

Photos by Kevin Salvaggio (top) and Paige Lockard (bottom)