Disinheritance by John Sibley Williams (2016)
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Fiction | Poetry
4 Stars

“A lyrical, philosophical, and tender exploration of the various voices of grief, including those of the broken, the healing, the son-become-father, and the dead, Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of a world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into “this amalgam of real / and fabled light,” these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness, where ghosts can be more real than the flesh and blood of one’s own hands.”

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This collection of poetry shares a gathering of voices that is artistically executed. Each poem is a question, an answer, a yearning, a sorrow, a spiraling wonder, an aching need. Although stanzas trickle with feeling and verses ripple with rhythm, there remains something missing…but that missing something creates a poignant call, it’s something each poem tries to express while knowing all along that words cannot suffice.

Overall John Sibley Williams has composed a touching and interesting look into grief and life. There’s talent there and this collection will leave you pondering all the shadows that it shares.

If you enjoy poetry then this is a good book to explore. It has a thoughtful cadence and a variety of tones that I think will intrigue you.

(Thank you very much for sending me a copy of Disinheritance, I enjoyed reading your work!)


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Meet John Sibley Willams!

John Sibley Williams

John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Controlled Hallucinations (2013) and Disinheritance (forthcoming 2016). A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the American Literary Review Poetry Contest and Vallum Award for Poetry, John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Midwest Quarterly, december, Third Coast, Baltimore Review, Nimrod International Journal, Hotel Amerika, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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