Controlled Hallucinations

Controlled Hallucinations Filled with impassioned logic and musicality John Sibley Williams debut collection strives to control the uncontrollable by redefining the method of approach In these compact poems so edged in dark

  • Title: Controlled Hallucinations
  • Author: John Sibley Williams
  • ISBN: 9781938853227
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • Filled with impassioned logic and musicality, John Sibley Williams debut collection strives to control the uncontrollable by redefining the method of approach In these compact poems, so edged in dark corners and the strenuous songs of beauty and identity, Williams establishes a unique world of contradictions and connections that bridge the foreign and the familiar MovinFilled with impassioned logic and musicality, John Sibley Williams debut collection strives to control the uncontrollable by redefining the method of approach In these compact poems, so edged in dark corners and the strenuous songs of beauty and identity, Williams establishes a unique world of contradictions and connections that bridge the foreign and the familiar Moving through art and history, through apocalyptic visions and family, into and back out of the paradox of using language to express languagelessness, Controlled Hallucinations weaves universal themes and images with the basic human reality of touch, word, and what is lost in their translation.

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    1. From the BookI.I see a man on an adjacent building,silhouette cut from the skyline.So I also cut out the roofhe stands on.I cut out the toolsand the cascading shingles.I cut out the hydrangeasthe shingles decapitateon their way down.I cut out the mountainin the distance,still coddling its last snows,replacing it with a silo,the shingles with papersnowflakes.I replace the manwith another manwith a womanwith a horsea pianowith a bookand myself.Nothing quite fits.But the manno longer fits eitheror [...]

    2. EDITORIAL REVIEWSJohn Sibley Williams pares down and removes the extraneous to expose what is absolutely needed: the possibilities. He bravely turns language over on its side and we are left with how things could fit back together in unexpected and elegant turns. The poems in this book repeatedly draw you to a stop with stunning insights, which will hold you long after you have put it down.—Bonnie Nish, Executive Director Pandora’s Collective Outreach SocietyIn a universe written in the form [...]

    3. Wonderfully spacious poems from an accomplished, generous and openhearted poet. I can tell even after a first reading that these are poems to return to, over and over again, for new illuminations. In Short: Anyone trying to stay abreast of contemporary poetry should have a copy of Controlled Hallucinations on their book shelf. I already have several favorites, but here is one of them I particularly enjoyed: Do not worry.The knives I display in this poemcannot even cut an overripe fruit.When I th [...]

    4. Using bones, Williams frames a place for mirrored windows and unobstructed doorways where love can come and go as it pleases. The rooms are floor-less, so photographs, clocks, bedroom walls and the staircase defy gravity. This collection has a haunting quality which makes you want to walk back into the room that you just left and search for what it is you may have missed.

    5. As the title suggests, Williams has been able to control the hallucinations. He has taken the everyday experiences and juxtaposed those with feelings, thoughts and varied images. He has taken note of life from all its aspects by making use of metaphors, some of those are unthinkable for an average reader of poetry. He does it so seamlessly and the reader craves for more. He speaks of ball of yarn, to be in love, about rooftops, mirrors, seeing people in the clouds and the blue sky, fence posts, [...]

    6. John Sibley Williams teases the senses and tantalizes the imagination in Controlled Hallucinations. Williams poems invite the reader to read and reread the lines that paint images one may dismiss until the next one brushes up against it. Controlled Hallucinations pushes the reader into new areas of comprehension. Williams, at times, presents strings of words that stop the readier in mid-thought waiting for the hidden revelation just on the tip of the reader's consciousness. At other times, Willi [...]

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