John Sibley Williams Poetry

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Landscape with Ghost

Bats asleep upside down under the eaves. All the afternoon
comings and goings of a paper wasp city. Hobo spiders nest where
the wooden stairs have separated from their doorway. The world’s
last door, we called it when leaving. Until we found another home.
Like any narrative, this one ends with a Polaroid of half a family […]


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Outage

Around the snapped cable line, energy wastes into the tall grass.
Into our footprints filled with rain. Into the little animals living off
the grass and rain, now crisp and steaming. Half the town’s gone to
darkness and with nothing else to do we are relearning our hands, […]


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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 Philip Booth Award, 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, Sequestrum, Nimrod, Bryant Literary Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.