EBOOK NEW (Said the Shotgun to the Head) ✓ Saul Williams
Said the shotgun to the head is a very strange people who are nicer than me would probably say uniue and complex poem I wanted to write this review for a couple of days now and I really struggled I struggled because A I feel like I haven t properly understood what Saul was trying to say and B I understood enough to be overwhelmed with what I want to discuss Upon skimming some reviews here on Goodreads I am reassured because I don t seem to be the only one with that problemoil slicked feathers putrid stenched water bedmother nature s a whore said the shotgun to the headand it smelled like teen spirit angst driven insecurea country in putertya country at warThe first thing we should et out of the way is the confusing format of the poem and yes my stress is on the singular because I feel like a lot of people didn t et that this is not a poetry collection this is one big ass poem narrated in 182 pages this is stated on the cover btw thank you very much I swear I m not always that salty One of my favorite lines nonetheless SHE had allowed him to mispronounce her name which had eventually let to her misinterpreting her own dreamsSo the format is very uniue coughs strange because the design is not normal but a mixture of different fonts font sizes bold fonts italics random aps on the pages etc a whole fucking lot is Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood going on here and honestly for the most part especially in the first uarter of this poem it seemed completely random Towards the end I could sense some sort of logic but I couldn t necessarily pinpoint the shift and why it then worked better for me The other peculiarity about the format is the count down from 10 to 0 which structures the poem in 11 parts This created a sort of suspense that unfortunately collapsed without a big boom in the end The last part was very anti climatic to me I was waiting for a big reveal and nothing happened that was underwhelming I cannot make your past disappearonly rabbits my loveonly rabbits Next off let s tackle the language I don t have much to add here I said it before and I will say it again Saul Williams has a way with words He is a very talented artist and so this poem had a lot of uotable moments phrases that will stay with me for a long time I mean how could I forget YOUR WEAPONS ARE PHALLIC ALL OF THEM Even though I preferred his earlier poetry collection She I have to say that language wise Saul improved in this poem I marked a lot uotes than before and I really appreciated how straight forward he was at least at times in regards to religious beliefs racism consumerism and the patriarchy Now we have to tackle the themes and messages of this collection Uff I m not sure if I can do it but I ll try my best Towards the beginning of the poem Saul writes my path is now crystal clear i AM COME TO TELL YOU SHE IS HERE This entity this SHE is present throughout the entire poem I am not sure if SHE is supposed to be a religious entity she is definitely a spiritual beingthingwhatever which people believe in or not but I kinda felt that Saul was trying to communicate a bigger theme here some of you might ask what s bigger than God huh coughs my penis Towards the end of this poem Saul accuses the Western world of worshipping a maleod and using religion as an excuse to do evil things to participate in wars to shoot your neighbor to be a racist scumbag This poem was written in 2003 a time where politics and the Imagine That! general attitude where drastically changing in the United States due to 911 and its aftermath Saul even references this horrifying act of terror saying that they now live in an old testament where there is a faith that does not burn that turns kings into believers Notonna lie I m not really sure what that s supposed to mean but I thought I mention it nonetheless Social commentary and social criticism is also prevalent throughout the poem Saul is brutually honest and calls out the bloody history of the United States and that certain circles still don t own up to
THE PAST AND PRESENT HE REMAINSpast and present He remains in his anti war anti racism and anti religion at least in the context of worshipping this male God stance He says he hears voices of Elena's Conquest generals calling for ammunition voices of presidents calling for arms I m looking at you Bush voices of women calling for help but he doesn t hear the voice of Godor is that his mighty voiceyour angryodcraving the sacrificeof a virgin Sister of My Heart generation sson degenerateyour holy bookswritten in red inkon burning sandsbranded into necks whipped into backs forced inside of vaginas and anuses crammed into mouts rubbed into open soresI especially appreciated that he called out the slaughter of indigenous people by referreing to America as the holyround we walk on purified by native blood I fucking love that man I also liked that he talked about the enerational conflict when it comes to protest and changing the present His outcry for in many households wisdom no longer comes with age really reminded me of the struggle that John fucking Lewis 3 recounted in March "and that back in the 1950s and 60s the young Civil Rights leaders struggled to "that back in the 1950s and 60s the young Civil Rights leaders struggled to their parents on board with their cause because the older eneration was afraid to Rescuing Gus get into trouble Just like John Lewis Saul wants us toet into Class of 92: Out of Our League good trouble He says we have to demand our families back our rituals back our cultures back our language back round of fucking applause Some people have criticized Saul for his anti religious stance Personally I don t have a problem with that at all because I m not the biggest supporter of organized religion but I would actually argue for Saul here and say that he is not necessarily against religion per se. Thereatest Americans Have not been born yet They are waiting uietly For their past to die.
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Ntemplate a kiss 29 30 Concrete images that convey feelings That s exactly the type of thing I m talking about The language is a bit looser than I usually like but Williams has the concept of how to write damn Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story good poetry down pat and he does a fantastic job of realizing it in these first three sectionsThe inevitable political sections crop up despite this being a love poem and for a while there he manages to keep it up viz thisem from p 56 where is that voice from nowhereto remind usthat the holy How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead ground we walk onpurified by native bloodhas rooted treeswhose fallen leavesnow color codea sacred list of demands but as the vast majority of political poets are wont to do heets to a point where he no longer seems to trust the reader to et the point unless he spells it out for us in three foot high red neon and brands it into our foreheads iven all the fontastic trickery in this book I m sure I d mean that literally if he could have figured out a way to do so as in we are exiting your colosseumand encircling your box officedemanding our families backour rituals backour cultures backour languages backand our ods 68 I ll certainly ive praise where prise is due that Williams at least realizes that if you must do this thing at least you should try to o from concrete to vague and in that respect it s better than 99% of the political poetry that I ve read but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouthThat said while the political runs throughout this piece it s usually enmeshed in the concrete images and language that mark the first section I uoted and overall the book s ood points outweigh its bad pretty strongly It s that rare example of slam poetry that manages at times to bridge the Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi gap between performance poetry and art and it s worth checking out I ve read it a couple of times and it seems different every timeIt s a bit Allen Ginsberg a bit EE Cummings a bit Hollywood a bit blues and bit hatred a bit love and a bit paprika It s artsy and lively The type is uniue anbd you reallyet the true feeling of the words You can hear the voice of the poem as if you were at a concert and stereo hi fi It s amazing Read it OUT LOUD Holy shit I m crying just typing this review even though I finished the book like 10 minutes ago This is the book that reignited my love for poetry Although only half this book made sense to me and typically that would infuriate me this was just absolutely GORGEOUS Williams had me from page one and in this book he criticized the patriarchy war religion and this was enerally just a roller coaster ride that brought me to tears It was so raw and it was centered on a love story but rew so much in these 182 pages Highly highly HIGHLY recommend and i m Alien Alpha going too read his other two poetry books that I own right now Said the shotgun to the head is enius Just pure enius I don t know where that man ot his talent but I d so love to just pick his brain He s so ood he makes me want to be better at everything i doI want to be as ood at anything as he is at writing poetryI will
never stop looking for that thing and when I find it my life will be worthwhile even if Istop looking for that thing and when I find it my life will be worthwhile even if I make a dime I cant love him or this book it will never leave me Not even half of this made sense to me so I m not oing to rate itAll I can say is that I saw a lot of potential and interesting topics not only love but also social commentary and political stuff but the format just didn t work for me I already knew either I was oing to love this or don t et it but I wanted to try it anywayI marked some interesting pages and parts but everything else nope Saul Williams is a hip hop artist actor writer and slam poet apparently best experienced live If that s the case his poetry collection said the shotgun to the head is the euivalent of canned laughter said the shotgun to the head is one big poem broken into numbered sections counting down from 10 Williams starts his pretentiousness in the introduction stating his belief in a female Beautiful Ghosts god because of a passionate kiss a kiss that inspired the book Williams basically writes through his feelings but apparently doesn to back and edit with his mind Instead he has raphic designers use different font types styles sizes and backgrounds I m all for this type of endeavor when it succeeds like in the visual edition of Philip Yancey s What s So Amazing About Grace but the visuals better help the words on the page and in this case simply tweaking the font comes off as nothing than a pretty distraction To me said the shotgun to "The Head Just Looks Like Far Too "head just looks like far too style over way too little substance I m sure Saul Williams could tell you the importance of capitalizing the i on one page and not on another but I don t much care I d be willing to run with the premise laid out in the introduction if it
ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH THE DEPTHS WILLIAMSwent through the depths Williams spoke of but nah let s make it about phallic weapons smashing into metaphorical female body parts the clich womb vulva etc Ooh and make it angry Like Rage Against the Machine influenced poetry written by a 14 year old Sprinkle with pop culture references and call it a book By the end see page 175 I was laughing at what Williams accused children of inheriting from their fathers murder This was of course bolded in a font three times larger than the previous statements I m oing to A Year in 120 Recipes guess my laughter was not the response William wanted Even with all I can balk at in the collection Williams occasionally still has his uotable moments pages 25 61 67 70 78 and 171 but overall his emotion isn t inked out in a way that translates to the reader not even with all hisraphic designer support One star. Ghest and lowest freuencies of understanding into an Incongruent mean of babble and brillian. Just religion of the kind that is used to excuse wars racism and evil propaganda Nontheless I really loved tidbits such as I prayed and then I threw up hate me all you want Or even betterGod has hair on her pussyand waits with burning desire for youthis is no blasphemy you have erected ancient penises in your capitolsand prayed in the name of a father a male child and a F. Scott Fitzgerald ghostMy favorite part of this poem was the conversation between the journalist and the maned character The MC says that through his art he wants to attack the subconscious of the person who is consuming his art He states that America is acting out the parts of age old scripts And that maybe people have to act out these parts because they are written but we can still find space to riff on what isn t written Oh my how I love that So this is MC s and thus Saul s appeal to the unwritten histories of the future Hells bellsHere s a little BEST OF of all the wonderful things Saul reflects in this poem He stresses the important of words only through new words might new worlds be called into order He says that we are taught to fear and hate thus making it hard for us to love and embrace love He says that those who do not know their history are bound to repeat it The prize of freedom must be payed with the courage to stand alone I am honestly dazzled by the vast amount of truth that Saul knocks out as if it were nothing And lastlywhat happens to a society when mystery is labeled as evilit yields an ever connected chain of false labels and misinterpretationsthe indigenous are labeled as savage terrorist and plotted againstthe open hearted are manipulated into slaverythe vulnerable are penetrated by force of lawwhy do you pledge with a covered heart when it needs be openedOh man through writing this review I fell in love with this piece of art and Saul as a person all over again This man is such aift to the world I will treasure him and his words for a long long time His words are highly re readable so I m definitely looking forward to that but I m also excited to check out his newer stuff such as US My love and respect The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents goes out to this man 3 This blew my mindI was at a local bookshop with a friend on a blustery day in December We bothrabbed the book at the same time and sat there on the floor flipping page to page reading it togetherIt is Lovely It is shockingly laid out at times hard to see for it overwhelms you Other times you feel like you can t seem to et enough so that you wish to climb into the words themselves I was confused yet entranced the whole way through A must for everyone but be ready to bask in the not knowing Last night I was trying to decide which books to take with me to my parent s house for Christmas picked up this book meaning to read a few lines ended up reading the entire poetry collection in roughly an hour I don t think I ve ever read poetry uite like this before The introduction says that these poems are basically the nonsensical ramblings of a man after a kiss There is a lot of passion in these poems some sexual but the poems are than just about love There s a lot of social commentary and activism in there for example anti war pro culturepatriarchy anti racism Also the references to Langston Hughes and Jimi Hendrix ained Saul Williams some brownie pointsOne thing that did make me cringe was his anti religion stance I m not sure if he s against the idea of religion in eneral or just against the fact that people do use religion as an excuse to do evil Obviously the last point is true but as a person with a faith I m not oing to say that religion has to be bad it really depends on the person and how they use it and interpret it I am very lad to own a copy of this book I can tell I m oing to be re reading it again and again Saul Williams said the shotgun to the head PocketMTV 2003I have had people comment that they sometimes can t tell the difference between what I consider Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience good poetry and what I don t To me it s as simple as can be 999% of the timeood poetry deals with the person place or thing of the category "of nouns Bad poetry almost invariable deals with the idea section T S started out Book 5 of "nouns Bad poetry almost invariable deals with the idea section T S Eliot started out Book 5 of long poem Paterson with the injunction No ideas but in things It is a retelling of the olden rule of poetry show don t tell What most bad poets don t realize is that it is almost impossible to directly show an idea It is easy to show an idea through things as long as you re willing to accept the ambiguity inherent in that idea Many poets are not willing to do so for fear that either a the reader won t et it or b the reader won t interpret it correctly Either way folks bad poets are talking down to youI tell you all this at the beginning of this review because I have not recently encountered a book of poetry where both sides of the
EUATION ARE SO WELL DEFINED ASare so well defined as are in said the shotgun to the head the third book by slam champion Saul Williams I figured oing into this that I was oing to be A Grant County Collection: Indelible, Faithless and Skin Privilege getting a book of bad poetry as usually defined by the slam community where how you perform the poem and how naked your message is are important by far than whether you ve crafted aood poem or not A uick flip through before I began reading strengthened this impression with lots of indentation font changes different sizes black pages this is exactly the kind of stuff I expect from someone who uses this sort of trickery to disguise the fact that he simply can t write Then I read the first three sections and I was blown away from now oncitieswill be builton one sideof the streetso that soothsayerswill have wilderness to wanderand loversspace enoughto co. Please ive blood Here is the account of a man so ravished by a kiss that it distorts his hi.