She

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Hailed as "a dreadlocked dervish of words...the Bob Marley of American poets" (Esquire), Saul Williams is a gifted young poet who is opening up this literary art form to a new generation of readers. Like his writing — a fearless mix of connecting rhythms and vibrant images — Saul Williams is unstoppable. He received raves for his performance as an imprisoned street poet in the Trimark Pictures release Slam, winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The ...

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Overview

Hailed as "a dreadlocked dervish of words...the Bob Marley of American poets" (Esquire), Saul Williams is a gifted young poet who is opening up this literary art form to a new generation of readers. Like his writing — a fearless mix of connecting rhythms and vibrant images — Saul Williams is unstoppable. He received raves for his performance as an imprisoned street poet in the Trimark Pictures release Slam, winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The consummate spoken-word performance artist, Williams has also been signed by producer Rick Rubin to record a CD of his poetry.
She is a fascinating and unique collection of interconnected poems by this multi-talented star — and marks the beginning of an incredible and totally original artistic career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671039776
  • Publisher: MTV Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 257,920
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Saul Williams

Acclaimed poet and musician Saul Williams’s open-mic escapades with the Nuyorican Poets peaked at Sundance when Slam won the Grand Jury Prize, and the art world celebrated the arrival of a whole new kind of talent. He defied his genre’s precious reputation and tore voraciously into the guts of life, groping after the exalted and transcendent sex sensations that make it all worth living. His early success led to collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots and Zack de la Rocha, and, descended as much from KRS-One and Public Enemy as Allen Ginsberg and Amiri Baraka; he was a new kind of poet. With each of Williams’s great successes has come abrupt change. He has pinball bounced from Morehouse philosophy scholar to cerebral street sermonizer to breakout indie actor, from hallucinatory hip-hop alchemist to dreadlocked, mohawked rockstar, vibing Nine Inch Nails, scurrying across tones, modes, and media to defy categorization. He has read published poetry volumes to opera house audiences with full orchestral backing. He has contributed to The New York Times, voiced Jean-Michel Basquiat in Downtown 81, and cut records with Rick Rubin and Trent Reznor. Throughout all these chaotic ventures, Saul Williams has been one steady thing: an uncompromising voice determined to tap the adrenaline center of his existence with any tool he can get his hands on. Saul Williams is the author of four books of poetry. He lives in Paris. His website is: SaulWilliams.com.

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From She

i presented

my feminine side

with flowers

she cut the stems

and placed them gently

down my throat

and these tu lips

might soon eclipse

your brightest hopes

***

she had nothing

but time on her hands:

silver rings, turquoise stones

and purple nails

i rubbed my thumb

across her palm:

a featherbed

where slept a psalm

yea, though i walk

i used to fly

and now we dance

i watched

my toenails blacken

and walked a deadened trance

until she woke me

with the knife edge

of her glance

i have the scars to prove

the clock strikes

with her hands

***

i have seen the truth

many times

but for the first time

she saw me

i wore suspenders

for the judgment

in my pants

***

i laced my shoes with sorrow

and walked a weary road

dead end streets

don't come undone

with double knots

wing tipped shoes

that walk on air

through vacant lots

***

she kept her deck

beneath her pillow

and had promised

me a reading

she stuck a bookmark

in my heart

and walked away

it was autumn then

the leaves

suddenly flames

the sidewalk

burning cinders

i walked the streets

as if the sun

had called me boy

mad at the world

on aging feet

shuffling

her cards

shuffling

my feet

head

to the sky

blue

the clouds

her cards

the clouds:

her cards

shuffling

the skies

a storm passes

new clouds appear:

the chariot

the priestess

the moon

in broad daylight:

an omen

***

love is an unbridled horse

with one wing out-stretched

the other tucked and folded

on the right side

the horse galloping

towards a cliff

knowingly

panting just enough

for you to think

he's laughing

he?

love is male?

love is a dumb horse

with silver streaks

and a sometimes penis

a sometimes penis?

on thursdays

the rest of the week

she grazes

and paints her hooves

with red mud

making tracks

through the fields

which disappear

soon after they appear

because nature has a way

of changing

the same way

it remains

Copyright © 1999 by Saul Williams

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    still speaks to me...

    This book and cd was and still is awsome.. it spoke to me as it still speaks to me and my husband today.. we shared a moment in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    The Best Of The Best

    I think that Saul Williams is one of the best poets if not only the best im only 16 and i abosulutly love his poetry he gets deeper then any mind and this is one of his best so far i have been in love with this man's poetry since he was on the show ' Girlfriends' playing Lynn's poetic boyfriend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    A work of sheer beauty. . . a book unlike any on the market today

    I read this book while living overseas in Southern Africa for for 2 1/2 years and it rearranged my thought process and restructured my thought patterns in terms of words and ideas. My own personal writing bloomed as a result of ingesting this book. This man is in the van guard of writing and artistry and his concepts and messages transcend, race, creed and color.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    mind blowing

    I picked this book up not knowing who or what I was getting into and I am glad my heart led me in Saul's direction! His poetry is touching....the CD is soothing! I would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Love is ment to be.....

    Love is Deep Shared by 2 A good passion and Bold person with a glimps of cushion and touch the pride of joy it could bring thatlove is my everything

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2002

    Saul Williams 'She'

    Perhaps the deepest poem i have ever heard... it goes right into what people feel... what other people cant put in words Saul spits like its simple. amazing... and beyond comparison to anything else... the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2001

    A Blinding Experience

    Saul Williams is one of, if not thee greatest contemporary literary minds at work in the black community as we lauch into this next century. She, is a reflection of loving relationships and heartbreaking shipwrecks and the happiness that is shared in between by both men and women. Saul cleverly lassles the English language in a way which will enable him to enjoy a successful ride as a poet/spoken word artist for many years to come. This book is an invaluable source of emotion which speaks to the human condition. I would look forward to Saul receiving the poetic baton from other contemporary greats like Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez. Let's applaud this man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    May I also recommend the CD?

    This was an amazing book, but may I reccomend the cd. Narrated by Saul WIlliams, it is very deep and a beautiful literary work. BEAUTIFUL!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    'She' is packaged bliss.

    Not long ago, I rented, with great anticipation, the movie 'Slam.' Upon renting this title, i really knew nothing about the movie or the cast. When i finished watching it, i had a new hero. Saul Williams. It was four a.m., I hadn't slept in over twenty-four hours, and I found myself so inspired that I had to write something before I could even think of going to sleep. Saul's flare for language is one unmatched in the modern world. He can spin images in your mind so vivid, you feel like his poetry is creating a whole nother world just for you to visit. Upon reading his book, I found myself in the exact same position of inspiration as I had been in seeing 'Slam.' His poetry has made me more serious about my own poetry. To read his poetry is to be taken to heaven and back, and to hear him read it is to be taken lightyears beyond that. Saul Williams is and will be one of the greatest poets who has ever lived. Read his poetry and you will know exactly what I am talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    incredible

    saul williams is an incredible writer. reading 'she' expanded my view to see that many words do not want to be what they are. I know that sounds weird, but williams plays with the meanings of words so much that I had to read the book twice in a row before even beginning to see the world as he sees it. and afterward, I was thankful I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 1999

    Wonderful Poetry

    This collection of poems is inspiring and absolutely stimulating. I recommend this book to everyone. It truely arouses your creativeness.

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