Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

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Writing poems and keeping journal since 1991, Jill Scott now shares her personal poetry collection in The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours. Praised for her earthy, honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott explores all the flavors of life, love, and self.

Of her music, Jill offers: "It's music. It's experiences. It's vulnerability. It's honesty. It's being a woman---an African American woman. Being a daughter, a sister, a ...
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Overview

Writing poems and keeping journal since 1991, Jill Scott now shares her personal poetry collection in The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours. Praised for her earthy, honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott explores all the flavors of life, love, and self.

Of her music, Jill offers: "It's music. It's experiences. It's vulnerability. It's honesty. It's being a woman---an African American woman. Being a daughter, a sister, a grandchild and a Godmother. It's life. It's deeper than what I know. It's bigger than what I can see. I guess it's a dive into the human spirit." And the same will come forth in this never- before-seen collection of her poetry.
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Publishers Weekly
With a couple of platinum-selling "neo-soul" records to her name, Scott doesn't have much to prove, but offers this cull from a parallel life-the poetry she's written on and off, with varying degrees of public exposure, since middle school-in the hopes that poets everywhere will "continue to insight, ignite, and recite this blessed, raunchy, wild ride of a craft." The book reads like an ecstatic but disciplined panoply of influence and inspiration. Love poems, break-up poems, short-of-money poems, weariness poems, Christian poems, celebratory poems: all have an immediacy and short-lined honesty that reflects a deep appreciation of everyone from Nikki Giovanni to Emily Dickinson (just two of the poets mentioned in Scott's introduction). Better than the average coffeehouse fare, the poems probably would not have seen print without the records. That won't bother fans, and it shouldn't bother readers who come upon them not knowing who Scott is, and enjoy the poems anyway. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Jill Scott's fans will enjoy...her defiant and vulnerable poems."—-Essence

"Love that's tough and hard and has to be earned and paid for every step of the way is the stuff of Scott's soulful poetry. We look forward to her next book. She knows how to write." —-Rocky Mountain News

"Like her music—soulful, erotic, and honest—Scott's collection of previously unpublished poetry delivers the goods." —-Uptown Magazine

"Jill Scott can now add the title 'author' to her list of accomplishments." —-Philadelphia Daily News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312329617
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Scott's double-platinum debut CD "Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1” went on to garner a string of impressive accolades and followed with four critically-acclaimed albums, Experience Jill Scott 826+, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol 2, Collaborations and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3. She has received two Grammy awards, three Lady of Soul awards, a Soul Train award, a Billboard Music Award and multiple NAACP Award nominations, among many others.

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Table of Contents

Across your bread 1
The last time 3
Potty trained 4
The downfall of a North Philly freak 5
Young Buck lovin on the kitchen floor 6
Kings at clubs? 7
Pocket size #1 8
The sound of your name 9
He says 10
Radio blues 12
It's the little things 13
Pocket size #4 14
Pocket size #5 15
Old school lovin' 16
Caution 17
Agape 18
Untitled #1 (love sucks) 19
Pocket size #8 20
Dis niggah (for Leslie) 21
Blue 22
Selfish 23
Revolutionary man 24
Haiku #6 26
One second of warped security 27
Nothing is for nothing 28
Haiku #1 33
Haiku #2 34
Haiku #3 35
Haiku #4 36
Haiku #5 37
Lab animal (from inside the cage to you) 41
Searching 42
Little man in a box (Catholicism) 45
Pocket size #3 48
My life 49
Life 50
Pink man's redemption 51
Untitled 53
Untitled #2 54
Untitled #3 (in progress) 56
I forgive you 57
Space 58
Why rape 60
Envy 65
Perms, hot combs, and curlers 66
When the women gather 67
Mrs. Bird 69
Independent women (for Gia) 72
Independent women (for Gia too) 74
Let it out 76
Stacia 78
Young Miss Russell 80
The addiction (for one of the bravest women I will ever know) 81
Duafe 84
Duafe series #2 86
Today 4/4/00 (my birthday) 87
My mother loves me 88
Tree like she (for grandmothers everywhere) 90
Carried away 92
One of the reasons (for the hoe on the corner) 93
The truth about Annana 96
Pocket size #2 101
Sarcasm and the woman poet 102
How to 104
Untitled (listen) 105
One little hope 106
I will write 107
Words 108
A poet's home 110
Haiku #7 112
To my new lover (written on March 27, 1993) 113
$8 seat (poetry night) 114
We the people 117
Music 118
Once upon a time 120
The what-ifs 122
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    AMAZING

    i could read her poems over and over again and i wont get sick of them. each time you read it takes you on an imaginary trip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    poetry soothes the soul

    Real good poerty. The pictures or images were illuminating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Mental Orgasm

    This book sends you on a ride like no other, being tossed and turned with conflicting thoughts and emotions. It leaves you with the feeling you just had the best night of your life with that special person. Beautiful words from a beautiful woman!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    more than poetry

    I've been a fan of Jill Scott's music and a collector or her cd's since she first hit the air waves. And, now, I am an avid reader or her's, too. Will there be more books from Ms. Scott?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    Only the Best, as expected

    I loved this book. I wouldn't expect anything less from Jill Scott. Her music shows how poetic she is. The poems cover a wide range too, there's something for everyone. I love that her poetry can make you smile, cry and laugh, all at the same time. An excellent book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

    jill scott is really a icon i love her work and love her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

    I truly believe Jill Scott is a god send to poetry i love her music now she has a book out what a women! I have read this book and it is a very great collection of poetry. I pray she comes out with a another poetry book soon. I love her music and poetry they are very amazing. Jill Scott has done it again wowed me and the world again with this great book of poetry i love you girl and only wish the best.P.S. and i will conutine to flip through the pages even read it again and again. Although i read it all. LOVE YA !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    Excellent Book

    I really enjoyed this book from begining to end!It gives you an inside look at some of her deepest thoughts, and it's really inspiring. Plus after reading some of these poems you feel as if she wrote them especially for you, there is something for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Execellent

    Jill Scott's book is ,at its least,dynamic.Not only through her music and her interviews but also through her poetry has she found yet another way to reach the soul.Through this book the beauty thats in her soul, smile, and personality is truely reflected with every word and intensifies with every turn of a page. She is truely remarkable,Gifted and most of all blessed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    Love it

    I am a big fan of Jill Scott's music, so when I saw that she was coming out with a book I had to get it. Her poems are very touching, she talks of things you can relate to. She is just an overall great poet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    clearly a good moment

    I bought this book probably hoping to read more poetry like what was shared in the spaces on her first album and her live album - knowing of course of Mrs. Scott's history as a spokenword artist. I was surprised to find alot of poetry spanning her entire history - works from when she was a young girl to current peices. people who say they found the work repetitive, I assume sat and read the book from to back, and in my personal opinion that is no way to read poetry books, especially when all the works are from one artist. Read specific pieces, things that draw you from the table of contents and be pulled by Mrs. Scott's ablility to paint with words. She has range and it is shown through the different sections of the book. She addresses life and it is not difficult to understand, not difficult to hold on to, not difficult to move with her poems - Much like her music. she is definately a poet and I pray she is not grouped into that lump of artists (t-boz, ashanti {I haven't read Alicia Keys work to say}) who release journal entries and unpracticed works because they can. Jill Scott's poetry asks to be read and I look forward to her next collection so I can do it again

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