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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books; Original edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671039776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671039776
  • ASIN: B00DJZITH4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,115,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not forgetting his ancestors, Saul Williams uses a blues and jazz infused vocal style that touches on the sharp and the smooth of human relationships. This book and CD are beautiful, hauntingly so. It is dark, yet able to make its own light in the power struggle of a human life. I applaud his ability to transcend race. Many get so caught up in the past that there simply is no future, but Williams crosses this line and opens up his poetry like a creaking door, behind which, music plays. His topic is love and hate, sex and loneliness, but not your typical angst-filled drivel that so haunts the poetic world today. If I had to draw comparisons, I would say Langston Hughes. Quite simply, poetry. Even if poetry leaves you dry, his ability to take poetry back to its oral roots makes music of breaths. Buy this book and CD set. You won't be sorry.
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He has placed a subliminal message in the minds of us all. He's in your ear, in your books, and on your TV screens; each time with a classic sequence of metaphors. Saul Williams is the poet that we've all been waiting for; his words are a melodic metaphors of our inner thoughts: "Can we all be poets?" Each page of his book is remarkable. An actor, poet, and simply a genious!Williams is the rebirth of expressiveness in poetry. Long has it been since the world has seen, read, and heard one of our great poets; Saul Williams has made it all possible. Buy his book, listen to his CD, and watch his movies and get ready for the ride of your life. Fasten your seatbelts because it's going to be one Hell of a ride.
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Saul Williams is one of the most gifted poets I've ever read or listened to, and I wish he were more widely known! I strongly recommend any poetry or poetry slam lover to watch Slam, a film Williams starred in. After hearing the emotively passionate poetry read by Williams, anyone reading the poetry in She can practically hear him recite the poems while reading them. Williams's audio cd, Amethyst Rock Star, contains a few of the poems in She, allowing us to actually hear him read his poems! In his performances his accentuation of his literary devices, themes, patterns, and word play brings life to the lyrics. The cadence of the poems is so strong, however, the cd isn't necessary to fall in step with his writing just by reading it. Saul pours out lines revealing every feeling of guilt, insecurity, tenderness, or sensitivity, allowing any reader or listener the privilege to view his scars. She is Willliams's tribute to women, and though he maintains his male perspective of women, female readers may be surprized by his understanding of the fair sex.
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I've never liked poetry much because some of it is very hard to understand. I adored Saul Williams' movie "Slam", and I stumbled upon this book by accident and bought it. It let me explore emotions I didn't even know I had. I love to listen to the cd that comes with it. I played the cd on the long car ride home and I didn't even realize I had been crying until I got home. Not only do you have to get this book, but keep your eyes and ears open for more to come from Saul Williams.
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"I left my change/on the counter/remained the same/and left the store" It's poetry like this that inspires me and enraptures me. I think almost anyone could relate to Williams' works. His main theme is a broken realationship, and who can't relate to that? My boyfriend isn't a big poetry fan, but after I intoduced him to this book, he became inspired and enraptured as much as I.
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this dude is definately on another plane...he's not trying to be a thug or a playa..sometimes, his lines go over my head, and sometimes i get it and say goddamn...too many poets have been fakin the funk..finally we have a poet that matters...
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I first heard Saul Williams, like so many people, in the film Slam. But his words are more than one mere movie can contain. His poetry in She is some of the most moving and interesting contemporary work I have read.
I'm a fan of different kinds of poetry, but I'm especially partial to the Beats: Kerouac, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti. Williams recaptures some of that feel. His work is meant to be read aloud, spoken word that creates a synergy from reader to listener. His work has a beat of its own. It is easy to understand his rhythm and wonderful to be lost in his words.
The individual poems are often romantic, sometimes haunting, and occasionally unsettling. It would take more room than I have here to discuss them in any depth. I'll just say that Williams works on several levels, and I appreciate She more with each reading.
Thankfully, an audio CD is included with She. On it, Williams reads excerpts of his own work, so you can hear the poetry in the author's own voice, in his own style. It is invaluable to helping the reader understand Williams beyond the words on the page. But once the reader hears Williams, that soft, resonating voice will stay in the mind, whispering from the pages and guiding the reader from poem to poem.
If you love poetry, whether or not you are a fan of spoken word poetry, you must pick up this book. I count my copy among my most cherished volumes.
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