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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451649835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451649833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Poet, actor, journalist, Dufflyn Lammers has brought her unique style of “page-to-stage” poetry to universities from Smith College to UC Irvine, and is a fixture on the poetry and literary scene. She worked as Arts & Entertainment journalist for The Georgia Guardian and Morris News Service (from 1995 to 2000). Lammers was the host and Slam Master of the Los Feliz Poetry Slam at the Formosa Café in Hollywood and competed in the National Poetry Slam from 2000 through 2004. She has appeared in Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO, in the film Belly from Artisan Films, and on ABC Television’s Eye on L.A. She is the voice of the Baja Fresh “Spoken Word Radio” campaign and has appeared in episodes of Criminal Minds, Entourage, and more. She is anthologized in Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (Manic D Press). Lammers lives in Los Angeles and is working on her first book—a memoir. For more go to: Dufflyn.com.

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.

Poet and lyricist from East New York, Brooklyn, Aja Monet—at the age of 19—became the youngest individual to ever win the legendary Nuyorican Poet's Cafe Grand Slam champion title (2007). Monet received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aja Monet's poems have appeared in The New York Times and in numerous international television and radio programs. Her first book, The Black Unicorn Sings, was independently published with Penmanship books. She is currently living in Paris and is working on a book of science fiction. To see her work, visit: AjaMonet.com.

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By Reader746 on December 14, 2013
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Although I loved quite a few of the poems, I was put off by the format of the book. I get the idea of a “literary mixtape” but I am not convinced that this was the best way to pull it off, or even if it can be pulled off effectively. For me, the best part of reading an anthology or compilation is to discover new voices which I can then go out and explore and enjoy separate and apart from the original anthology. This book makes that task exceedingly difficult because there is no table of contents, index, or biographies about the contributors. In order to identify the authors of my favorite poems, I had to first find the list of poets and poems which is buried in the back of the book. I then had to go page by page, hand numbering each poem on the list in order to identify my favorite poems, hoping that they were all in sequential order. I then had to Google the authors to find information about them. This was cumbersome, tedious, time-consuming and it should not have been unnecessary. I am left wondering why this couldn’t have been a regular anthology or compilation. Sometimes experimentation leaves much to be desired.
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By Kirkpatrick on August 8, 2013
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I thought this book was all original work. However, after receiving it, I noted that it was Saul Williams' compilation piece. I bought it as a gift for my then boyfriend who was a huge fan, and he enjoyed it a lot. There are a variety of somewhat cohesive poetry pieces from various poets compiled into one project. The book came with a nice bookmark too which was a plus.
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By REGIE CABICO on February 22, 2013
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The book brings together powerful poetic voices from all over the world together, the themes are vast but the sequence works!
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This is quite an interesting collection of poems, and I think the core idea Saul Williams had is on display. Some of the poems are a little pretentious or obscure, but the language is evocative and the formatting intriguing. At its best, Chorus offers poems that are insightful, fresh, and exciting. At its worst, it offers poems that are not quite where they need to be. Overall, I would say the project is successful and I particularly love the last poem in the collection. I am a huge Saul Williams fan, to say the least, and of interest to other fans of his is the fact that he has his own poem in the collection, scattered across the book as a whole, made up of highlighted segments of each poem. This can be distracting at times, but also adds another layer to Chorus.

I would recommend this to anybody looking for a good collection of modern poetry, as well as fans of Saul Williams. The best part of Chorus is how the poems seemingly gel, mutate, and run into each other, with themes that relate and interlock, creating a very holistic experience. God is discussed, as well as gender roles, race, and various other important topics.

And the end of the book asks for you, the reader, to add your voice. Will you?
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By Yvonne I. Wilson on November 25, 2012
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Saul Williams is #1 in my daughter's eyes and asked for the book as a Christmas gift I couldn't wait and gave it early,her eyes light up when she saw it,shes a happy girl.Thank you
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