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by Saul Williams

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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


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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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


her cards


my feet


to the sky


the clouds

her cards

the clouds:

her cards


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


panting just enough

for you to think

he's laughing


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

Meet the Author

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

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She 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of poems is inspiring and absolutely stimulating. I recommend this book to everyone. It truely arouses your creativeness.