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From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with a lucid, unmitigated humanity (Boston Review), a startling new collection about revolt and renewal Mutiny a rebellion, a subversion, an onslaught. In poems that rebuke classical mythos and western canonical figures, and embrace Afro-Diasporanfolk and spiritual imagery, Phillip B. Williams conjures From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with a lucid, unmitigated humanity (Boston Review), a startling new collection about revolt and renewal Mutiny a rebellion, a subversion, an onslaught. In poems that rebuke classical mythos and western canonical figures, and embrace Afro-Diasporanfolk and spiritual imagery, Phillip B. Williams conjures the hell of being erased, exploited, and ill-imagined and then, through a force and generosity of vision, propels himself into life, selfhood, and a path forward. Intimate, bold, and sonically mesmerizing, Mutiny addresses loneliness, desire, doubt, memory, and the borderline between beauty and tragedy. With a ferocity that belies the tenderness and vulnerability at the heart of this remarkable collection, Williams honors the transformative power of anger, and the clarity that comes from allowing that anger to burn clean.


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From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with a lucid, unmitigated humanity (Boston Review), a startling new collection about revolt and renewal Mutiny a rebellion, a subversion, an onslaught. In poems that rebuke classical mythos and western canonical figures, and embrace Afro-Diasporanfolk and spiritual imagery, Phillip B. Williams conjures From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with a lucid, unmitigated humanity (Boston Review), a startling new collection about revolt and renewal Mutiny a rebellion, a subversion, an onslaught. In poems that rebuke classical mythos and western canonical figures, and embrace Afro-Diasporanfolk and spiritual imagery, Phillip B. Williams conjures the hell of being erased, exploited, and ill-imagined and then, through a force and generosity of vision, propels himself into life, selfhood, and a path forward. Intimate, bold, and sonically mesmerizing, Mutiny addresses loneliness, desire, doubt, memory, and the borderline between beauty and tragedy. With a ferocity that belies the tenderness and vulnerability at the heart of this remarkable collection, Williams honors the transformative power of anger, and the clarity that comes from allowing that anger to burn clean.

47 review for Mutiny

  1. 5 out of 5

    Raymond

    Favorite poems in this collection: "Final Poem for a King", "January 28, 1918", and "Shame". Quite a few lines stick with you after you read them. "We are captivated by the possibility of a freedom impossible to receive from the ones who promised it." -"January 28, 1918" Favorite poems in this collection: "Final Poem for a King", "January 28, 1918", and "Shame". Quite a few lines stick with you after you read them. "We are captivated by the possibility of a freedom impossible to receive from the ones who promised it." -"January 28, 1918"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Burgi Zenhaeusern

    This book will knock you off your reading socks. The poems don't sparkle, they burn, right through any preconceived approaches. It's mutiny alright, of form and word. And what facility the poet shows with an inherited (as formal traditions) art and how he bends it his way. Powerful. The collection is not divided into parts which gives a sense of transitioning from start to end, a sense of transport. This fluid forward motion is reflected in the individual poems as well. There is so much to marve This book will knock you off your reading socks. The poems don't sparkle, they burn, right through any preconceived approaches. It's mutiny alright, of form and word. And what facility the poet shows with an inherited (as formal traditions) art and how he bends it his way. Powerful. The collection is not divided into parts which gives a sense of transitioning from start to end, a sense of transport. This fluid forward motion is reflected in the individual poems as well. There is so much to marvel at and discover along the way it will warrant many, many readings.

  3. 4 out of 5

    pugs

    a lot of jarring, uncomfortable material while reclaiming survival, not just for williams, but ancestors, with an echoing voice, reversing the shameful and tragic into joy and prosperity. the lines, dialogue from abuse, are most startling; if they're so memorable reading, i can't imagine how long they've festered in the poet's head. definitely a good example of what the power of poetry can relay compared to other forms of writing. worth a read, but man there's some heavy shit within. a lot of jarring, uncomfortable material while reclaiming survival, not just for williams, but ancestors, with an echoing voice, reversing the shameful and tragic into joy and prosperity. the lines, dialogue from abuse, are most startling; if they're so memorable reading, i can't imagine how long they've festered in the poet's head. definitely a good example of what the power of poetry can relay compared to other forms of writing. worth a read, but man there's some heavy shit within.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

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    Daina (Dai2DaiReader)

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    Mariana

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