Mailbox Monday #221

Mailbox Monday (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at A Girl and Her Books, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch. May’s host is 4 the LOVE of BOOKS.

The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received for review:

1.  Controlled Hallucinations by John Sibley Williams, which I received from the poet.

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. 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.

What did you receive?


  1. Looking forward to your thoughts!

  2. Over my head but I’m sure you will love it!

  3. I barely understand the synopsis and wonder if I could understand the poems. I hope you love the book.

  4. Sounds so different from anything I’ve read…makes me want to get a copy!
    Here’s My MM

  5. ENJOY your new book.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. Wow, what a synopsis! Hope you enjoy it.

  7. That sounds different from the poetry I’m used to… and possibly even nightmare inducing!

  8. Been a good time for receiving, as I’ve recently had drop through my door Landscape with Yellow Bird ~José Ángel Valente, Wheel with a Single Spoke ~ Nichita Stānesco & Diaries of Exile ~ Yannis Ritsos, + Our Obsidian Tongues ~ David Shook & Bottled Air ~ Caleb Klaces. On a nonpoetic front From the Fatherland with Love ~ Ryu Murakami, landed with a big 600 page thump & scared the dog with it’s noise.