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Overview

An incredibly fresh and completely unique collection of interconnected poems that combine the energy and urgency of hip-hop with the imagery and scope of classic verse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671035303
  • Publisher: MTV Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: BOOK and CD
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Saul Williams

Saul Williams is an acclaimed poet, musician, and actor. The film Slam, which he cowrote and starred in, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (1998), and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He has contributed to The New York Times, voiced Jean-Michel Basquiat in Downtown 81, and cut records with Rick Rubin and Trent Reznor. He has spoken at more than 200 universities where his poetry has been added to the curriculum of dozens of creative writing programs, and has taught poetry/performance workshops around the world. He recently starred in the Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me. His books include S/HE, ,said the shotgun to the head., and The Dead Emcee Scrolls. He lives in New York. Visit his website at 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 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.

    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 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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