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Rhyme and Rebellion

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Voted one of's 50 Best Indie Books of 2016.

Swiping, biting, seething, pleading, fresh and funny, Whitewolf’s latest book of verse is a language sandwich filled with shit, shopping, poverty, war, Wi-Fi and wordplay.

Awaken your inner rebel for the modern era, with poems like: Equality For The Poor, You’re So Far Right, Ads, Abs And Apps, P.C. Pussies, Reality
Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published September 18th 2016
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Janie C.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harry, I did it,
I read this book
Two hours and change
is all it took
and the lines had me charged
with adrenaline
while I took note
of the beatbox rhythm.
I loved it, I liked
that it made me think
while bopping in my chair
to the hijinks.
So wake up peeps and take a look
at your wifi and your shopping
and the wars it took
to get us where we are and
give a thought
to where we're going
unplug and be caught
in a new beat of compassion
new reaction
think for yourself
and live with passion.

I'm no Harry Whitewolf, but
James Morcan
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Harry Whitewolf is one of the best poets I've ever read and I also love his themes of social justice and equality for all. However, at first I was slightly disappointed with this book I must admit. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but something was different with Whitewolf's turn of phrase. A little less humor, for example, compared to his earlier works. A little less wordplay.

But during the course of the read, and especially in the days after reading it, I realized in the end that I liked
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I appreciate poetry but I prefer poetry with a beat and a message. By""Beat" I mean the Beat Generation with their disdain for an establishment that praised surface over substance and encouraged conformity over fighting for justice and inequality. And that it why I am so stoked by this collection of confrontational rhyme by Harry Whitewolf. There is no question hat Harry (Do you mind if I call you Harry. I feel a kindred spirit present) is greatly influenced by the Beats but his poetry is contem ...more
Jay Green
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd love to see Harry Whitewolf perform. On stage. His poetry, I mean. Because the works here clearly lend themselves to poetry slams, to rapping, to ranting. It would be a riot. Or the cause of one.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book of poetry. Incredibly original. You wil love the rhymns and rhymes this book takes you on

Short and precise. You will love the thumbs and rhymes this book take you. An incredibly original work of poetry. Fun and intelligent and bold.
Andy Carrington
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I'm a fan. Mr Whitewolf may also stretch to calling me "his mate". So you may want to dismiss this review immediately for being biased, if you really want. But I'ma leave my thoughts here anyway...

Truth be told, Harry has reignited my interest in poetry. Punk/protest literature, whatever you want to call it. I get a sense of rage bubbling away in the pit of his stomach as he writes. He's angry/downbeat/often lashing out (and not fretting about the consequences from speaking on his personal
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016, poetry
I'm a big fan of the Whitewolf's work and this is a top class collection of poetry. There is some real anger here, Harry is trying to get us to stand up and stop taking the crap from the 1%, stop watching crap on TV, stop plugging in and start looking at what is going on around you. After reading Charlie and the chocolate factory I can see Roald Dahl had similar thoughts, more on the unplugging than rebelling, but still if only people would listen to Harry and Roald, two brilliant writers, maybe ...more
Rupert Dreyfus
What can I say about Whitewolf's poetry that I haven't already said before? It's not just the endless sentiments that put a cheerful spin on the drudgery we're enduring under this hostile system, it's the quality of rhythm and wordplay that make him a master of the craft.

"You're politics are so far right, they're wrong."

...but it's sentences like this jumping from every single page. It's never partisan; always human. Nobody is alienated; this poetry is for everyone with a heart and soul.

In thi
Rebecca Gransden
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There’s a sliver of burnt orange light on the horizon right now, sandwiched between slabs of stormy grey clouds. I’ve realised that on finishing Mr Whitewolf’s latest, whatever that latest is, I am driven to look around and see.

This one is direct and disarming as a result. I can now call myself a fan, having read quite a few of Harry’s books, and as a result feel comfortable in putting forth some comparative thoughts. There are some poems included that are very short, and hang as a result. Havin
Jack Stark
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Wow, oh wow! Best read out loud. Feed me more.

Life is shit. I have no claim to fame. Fuck all that is wrong. Fuck the elitist. Never stop shouting. Never conform for the sake of ease. But always rebel with peace. Don't let the system screw you. Although, it probably already has.
Mary Papastavrou
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harry's prose is warm and sensitive and honest. I didn't know anything about him as a poet but then again the last poets I read was Simon Armitage and Billy Childish, what, 10-15 years ago? And I was left with the powerful image of the fat smiling man on the sad donkey's back.
I discovered poetry when I was 13 with Manolis Anagnostakis, a huge voice of the Greek Left, then it was Ezra Pound, Rilke and
Eluard, then the American Beatniks and the French Surrealists and Modern Arab Poetry and there
Harry Whitewolf
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Check out these three fun and quirky performance poetry vids to accompany the book:



Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is...I loved it!
Paul E. Morph
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
That’s more like it! The rhythm’s back, the beats are back, the word-play’s back and, most importantly, the fire is back! Nice one.

WARNING: The poem reproduced below contains language and views some may find offensive. If you read on, you’ve only yourself to blame, so don’t come crying to me, snowflake.

Your Country Is You

Turn your back
On the Union Jack.
Wipe your arse
On the stripes and stars.
See that the people make up a country.
Don’t pledge allegiance to all the cunts, see
It’s not good to be pat
Casey Kiser
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorites, truth
'Don't be a black sheep.
Shush. Fall back asleep.
Count the sheep until you dream.
Be penned in by the machine.
Baa Baa what others are bleating out.
Blah Blah go down-dumbers who tweet and shout.'

I f**king Love this book.
Harry is an otherworldly talent. A wordsmith who fills my empty soul
with 'f**k yeahs'!!! He's just amazing at balancing the perfect amount of in-your-face
truth and serious issues with up to the moment dark humor on this current nightmare
of a society. Things are looking pretty hope
Kent Winward
How do you legitimately give stars to someone who is your "friend" on GoodReads? Harry just liked my review of an Arthur Miller play and liked that I added my status as currently reading (now finished) of his book of poetry.

First, I'm not a huge fan of rhyming poetry usually and Harry lays down a lot of rhymes. Although I do enjoy an occasional Tech N9ne song and many of these pieces have that rapid fire hip hop rhyme scheme. Reading the book, I got the definite sense I would enjoy hearing Harr
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heresy, Sacrilege and the Whole Damn Thing
Harry Whitewolf's slim volume of explosive prose ignites your brain like the fuse to a cartoon bomb, like the Beat Bomb Boom, a kind of rockabilly poetry knuckle to the noggin. Whitewolf takes oppressive consumerism to task as a form of cerebral poison that kills our souls while the puppet masters/power brokers burn us to a crisp with their million dollar magnifying glasses. PC pussies need not apply, especially those with poop goatees. Another Whitewolf
Jada Jolley
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Raw and interesting

This is poetry that needs to be read by our generation. Question everything, be true to yourself, and unplug every once and a while.
Leo Robertson
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A new poetry collection from Mr Whitewolf is always reason to celebrate. For each collection, which always ends too soon, you are not alone, you are having fun, you are reading poetry you can understand(!), and it always feels like it was written for you.

Zingy language jumps off the page in every rhyme and line that at first glance seems easy, seems like the first collection of words that came to mind were inserted for lyrical purposes only, until you slow down and read again and think, my God!
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I really enjoyed this Indie book of rebel beat poetry. I don't know Harry, but would assume he's a hit at poetry slam events, or should be!

A few of my favorites were Happiness, Bomb, Here Comes the Hum, and Sheep Sleep (excerpt follows:)

"....Don't be a black sheep.
Shush. Fall back asleep.
Count the sheep until you dream.
Be penned in by the machine.
Baa baa what others are bleating out.
Blah blah go down-dumbers who tweet and shout...."
Raegan Butcher
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harry Whitewolf is one of the best kept secrets in alternative literature.
Petey Wheatstraw
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was outta sight!
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, read this book this morning (EARLY bird and it was calling me)

Awesome poetry.. That will continue to stay relevant until change happens.
Definitely worth picking up.
Really enjoyed this!!
Well done Harry..
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
Modern Life Is Rubbish
Harry Whitewolf
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Harry Whitewolf is doing his own thing.

He's the author of two ragamuffin travelling tales: Route Number 11 (about Harry's five-month drunken journey around Argentina; and across the borders to Paraguay, Chile and Brazil) and The Road To Purification (which describes his mad-as-fuck pot-smoking trip around Egypt). In addition, Harry has written nine collections of distinctive contemporary poetry, i

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