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September 14, 2016

Disinheritance Book Tour

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 Virtual Book Publicity Tour

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you John Sibley’s DISINHERITANCE virtual book tour September 5 – October 28!


Inside the Book

Author: John Sibley Williams
Publisher: Apprentice House Press
Pages: 98
Genre: Poetry
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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  • Disinheritance is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Praise for Disinheritance:

“In John Sibley Williams’ moving, somber collection, the power of elegy, reverie, and threnody transcends the disinheritance caused by separation. These compellingly atemporal poems form the locus wherein generations of a family can gather. Here, Williams’ lyric proto-language—elemental, archetypal, primordial—subsumes barriers of time and space. His poems create their own inheritance.”
—Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita
“There is eternal longing in these poems of John Sibley Williams. A yearning for what cannot be understood. A song for what simply is. A distance beyond human measurement. The dead and alive dancing, hurting, and praying at the mouth of what must be the beginning of time. A series of profound losses giving birth to words no different from medicine.”
—Zubair Ahmed


This group of poems will go deep to your heart.   You will keep thinking of them long after you've finished the collection.  All of us occasionally think of how long will you or your loved ones live and when they finally go to rest, the hurt and sadness you feel in the pit of your stomach and your heart goes cold.  Often times a poem or so will ease some of that pain so that it's not quite so hard, at least for a moment or two. You find no solutions to your grief in poetry but are there any real solutions? Just a temporary fix! You can sometimes look into the solice of family, but too often, family isn't or can't be there.  This group of poems will give you vivid images that you can lose yourself in, at least temporarily. I felt that some of the poems were extremely dark but then being "disinherited" from your loved ones is dark. Loss is hard for everyone, just more so for some.  For some it's unbearable and through these poems your heart will bleed, your eyes will cry, you will have vivid images and most of all, you will THINK!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, and PUYB in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. 

I would give this book 4 STARS.

Meet the Author

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 (2016). A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, 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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Tour Schedule

Monday, September 5 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Tuesday, September 6 – Book Featured at Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
Thursday, September 8 – Book Featured at The Bookworm Lodge
Monday, September 12 – Book Featured at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, September 14 – Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.
Thursday, September 15 – Book Featured at Booklover Sue
Monday, September 19 – Interview at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, September 20 – Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape
Wednesday, September 21 – Book Featured at Rainy Day Reviews
Thursday, September 22 – Interview at The Literary Nook
Monday, September 26 – Interview at My Bookish Pleasures
Tuesday, September 27 – Book Featured at CBY Book Club
Friday, September 30 – Interview at Beyond the Books
Monday, October 3 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, October 5 – Book Featured at Just Us Book Blog
Thursday, October 6 – Guest Blogging at Book Cover Junkie
Monday, October 10 – Book Featured at A Title Wave
Tuesday, October 11 – Guest Blogging at Whispering Stories
Wednesday, October 12 – Interview at Book Publishing Secrets
Monday, October 17 – Interview at The Review From Here
Tuesday, October 18 – Guest Blogging at The Book Tree
Wednesday, October 19 – Book Featured at As the Pages Turn
Thursday, October 20 – Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Monday, October 24 – Interview at The Literary Nook
Wednesday, October 26 – Interview at The Review From Here
Thursday, October 27 – Interview at The Book Rack
Friday, October 28 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

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