(Said the Shotgun to the Head) [Kindle] â Saul Williams
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 s not necessarily against religion per se just religion of the kind that An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, 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 youthiss no blasphemy you have erected ancient penises Four Corners Level 1b Workbook in your capitolsand prayedn the name of a father a male child and a 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 Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders is consuming his art He states that Americas 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 Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) isn t written Oh my how I love that So thiss 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 Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises in this poem He stresses themportant of words only through new words might new worlds be called Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives into order He says that we are taught to fear and hate thus makingt hard for us to love and embrace love He says that those who do not know their history are bound to repeat Kaltblau 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 asf t were nothing And lastlywhat happens to a society when mystery s labeled as evilit yields an ever connected chain of false labels and misinterpretationsthe Between Octobers indigenous are labeled as savage terrorist and plotted againstthe open hearted are manipulatednto slaverythe vulnerable are penetrated by force of lawwhy do you pledge with a covered heart when Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian it needs be openedOh man through writing this review I felln love with this piece of art and Saul as a person all over again This man Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia is such a gift 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 goes out to this man 3 This blew my mindI was at a local bookshop with a friend on a blustery dayn December We both grabbed the book at the same time and sat there on the floor flipping page to page reading The Taming of the Werewolf it togetherIts Lovely It Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) is shockingly laid out at times hard to see fort overwhelms you Other times you feel like you can t seem to get enough so that you wish to climb nto the words themselves I was confused yet entranced the whole way through A must for everyone *but be ready to bask n the not knowing Last night I was trying to decide which books to *be ready to bask n the not knowing Last night I was trying to decide which books to 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 n roughly an hour I don t think I ve ever read poetry uite like this before The First Cosmic Velocity introduction says that these poems are basically the nonsensical ramblings of a man after 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 good poetry and what I don t To met s as simple as can be 999% of the time good poetry deals with the person place or thing section of the category of nouns Bad poetry almost Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, and Pepp Pills invariable deals with thedea section T S Eliot started out Book 5 of his long poem Paterson with the njunction No deas but Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 in things Its a retelling of the #golden rule of poetry show don t tell What most bad poets don t realize #rule of poetry show *don t tell What most bad poets don t realize that t s almost mpossible to directly show an * t tell What most bad poets don t realize that t Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 is almostmpossible to directly show an It Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition is easy to show andea through things as long as you re willing to accept the ambiguity Code Name: Bikini inherentn that Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy idea Many poets are not willing to do so for fear that either a the reader won t gett or b the reader won t nterpret t 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 as they are Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten in said the shotgun to the head the third book by slam champion Saul Williams I figured goingnto this that I was going to be getting a book of bad poetry as usually defined by the slam community where how you perform the poem and how naked your message s are mportant by far than whether you ve crafted a good poem or not A uick flip through before I began reading strengthened this mpression with lots of ndentation font changes different sizes black pages this Bankerupt 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 contemplate a kiss 29 30 Concretemages that convey feelings That s exactly the type of thing I m talking about The language 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation is a bit looser than I usually like but Williams has the concept of how to write damn good poetry down pat and he does a fantastic job of. Please give blood Heres the account of a man so ravished by a kiss that t distorts his hi.
Read Said the Shotgun to the HeadSaid the shotgun to the head s 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 t smelled like teen spirit angst driven nsecurea country n putertya country at warThe first thing we should get out of the way Wishing for a Home is the confusing format of the poem and yes my stresss on the singular because I feel like a lot of people didn t get that this Dreamsnake is not a poetry collection thiss one big ass poem narrated The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, in 182 pages thiss 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 The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping is very uniue coughs strange because the designs not normal but a mixture of different fonts font sizes bold fonts Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte italics random gaps on the pages etc a whole fucking lots going on here and honestly for the most part especially n the first uarter of this poem t seemed completely random Towards the end I could sense some sort of logic but I couldn t necessarily pinpoint the shift and why t then worked better for me The other peculiarity about the format s the count down from 10 to 0 which structures the poem n 11 parts This created a sort of suspense that unfortunately collapsed without a big boom n 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 How to Worry Less about Money it before and I will sayt again Saul Williams has a way with words He s 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 mproved n this poem I marked a lot uotes than before and I really appreciated how straight forward he was at least at times n 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 f I can do t but I ll try my best Towards the beginning of the poem Saul writes my path Children of the Future is now crystal clear AM COME TO TELL YOU SHE IS HERE This entity this SHE Bettina Von Zwehl: Lament is present throughout the entire poem I am not suref SHE A TYRANNY OF GOD is supposed to be a religious entity shes definitely a spiritual beingthingwhatever which people believe n 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 *end of this poem Saul accuses the Western world of worshipping male god and using religion as an excuse to do evil things to participate n wars to shoot your neighbor to be a racist scumbag This poem was written n 2003 a time where politics and the general attitude where drastically changing n the United States due to 911 and ts aftermath Saul even references this horrifying act of terror saying that they now live n an old testament where there A Deadly Trade is a faith that does not burn that turns kingsnto believers Not gonna lie I m not really sure what that s supposed to mean but I thought I mention Framed for Murder it nonetheless Social commentary and social criticisms also prevalent throughout the poem Saul s 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 remains clear n his anti war anti racism and anti religion at least n the context of worshipping this male God stance He says he hears voices of generals calling for ammunition voices of presidents calling for arms I m looking at you Bush voices of women calling
help but doesn t hear the voice of Godor s that his mighty voiceyour angry godcraving the sacrificeof a virgin generation sson degenerateyour holy bookswritten n red nkon burning sandsbranded Squeak! into necks whippednto backs forced Claiming His Bought Bride / Seducing the Enemy's Daughter inside of vaginas and anuses crammednto mouts rubbed Pêşbaziya Çîrokên Neqediyayî into open soresI especially appreciated that he called out the slaughter ofndigenous people by referreing to America as the holy ground we walk on purified by native blood I fucking love that man I also liked that he talked about the generational conflict when Pick Three it comes to protest and changing the present His outcry forn many households wisdom no longer comes with age really reminded me of the struggle that John fucking Lewis 3 recounted n March and that back n the 1950s and 60s the young Civil Rights leaders struggled to get their parents on board with their cause because the older generation was afraid to get nto trouble Just like John Lewis Saul wants us to get nto 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. The greatest Americans Have not been born yet They are waiting uietly For their past to die. Realizing Across the Table itn these first three sectionsThe Accidental Commando (Eagle Squadron inevitable political sections crop up despite this being a love poem and for a while there he manages to keept up viz this gem from p 56 where s that voice from nowhereto remind usthat the holy 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 he gets to a point where he no longer seems to trust the reader to get the point unless he spells t out for us Accidental Commando in three foot high red neon and brandst nto our foreheads given all the fontastic trickery n this book I m sure I d mean that literally The Adventurer's Bride if he could have figured out a way to do so asn we are exiting your colosseumand encircling your box officedemanding our families backour rituals backour cultures backour languages backand our gods 68 I ll certainly give praise where prise Moto ondoso stabile e altri racconti is due that Williams at least realizes thatf you must do this thing at least you should try to go from concrete to vague and All About Me in that respectt s better than 99% of the political poetry that I ve read but Son of the Sheriff (Delta Justice, it still leaves a bad tasten my mouthThat said while the political runs throughout this piece t s usually enmeshed n the concrete Son of the Sheriff images and language that mark the first section I uoted and overall the book s good points outweights bad pretty strongly It s that rare example of slam poetry that manages at times to bridge the gap between performance poetry and art and The Best of Us: A Memoir it s worth checking out I ve readt a couple of times and t 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 s uniue anbd you really get the true feeling of the words You can hear the voice of the poem as f you were at a concert and stereo hi fi It s amazing Read t OUT LOUD Holy shit I m crying just typing this review even though I finished the book like 10 minutes ago This s the book that reignited my love for poetry Although only half this book made sense to me and typically that would nfuriate me this was just absolutely GORGEOUS Williams had me from page one and n this book he criticized the patriarchy war religion and this was generally just a roller coaster ride that brought me to tears It was so raw and t was centered on a love story but grew so much Annie and the Confirmed Bachelor in these 182 pages Highly highly HIGHLY recommend and m going to go read his other two poetry books that I own right now Said the shotgun to the head April in Bloom is genius Just pure genius I don t know where that man got his talent but I d so love to just pick his brain He s so good he makes me want to be better at everything doI want to be as good at anything as he s at writing poetryI will never stop looking for that thing #And When I Find It My Life #when I find t my life be worthwhile even f I never make a dime I cant love him or this book t will never leave me Not even half of this made sense to me so I m not going to rate Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, itAll I can says that I saw a lot of potential and nteresting 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 going to love this or don t get t but I wanted to try t anywayI marked some nteresting pages and parts but everything else nope Saul Williams HOW TO PLOT ROMANCE FICTION: KEEP YOUR PANTS ON! HOW TO OUTLINE A ROMANCE NOVEL WHEN YOU ARE AN INTUITIVE WRITER 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 heads the euivalent of canned laughter said the shotgun to the head Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, is one big poem brokennto numbered sections counting down from 10 Williams starts his pretentiousness Argentinian Playboy, Unexpected Love-Child (Harlequin Presents Extra, in thentroduction stating his belief Angels Do Have Wings in a female god because of a passionate kiss a kiss thatnspired the book Williams basically writes through his feelings but apparently doesn t go back and edit with his mind Instead he has graphic designers use different font types styles sizes and backgrounds I m all for this type of endeavor when t succeeds like n the visual edition of Philip Yancey s What s So Amazing About Grace but the visuals better help the words on the page and n 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 much style over way too little substance I *like far too much style over way too little substance I sure Saul Williams could tell you the mportance of capitalizing the Christmas Cowboy Kisses: A Family for Christmas\A Christmas Miracle\Christmas with Her Cowboy i on one page and not on another but I don t much care I d be willing to run with the premise laid outn the Amusement Parks of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware introductionf Monster Trucks Hair in a Can it actually went through the depths Williamsnitially spoke of but nah let s make t about phallic weapons smashing nto metaphorical female body parts the clich womb vulva etc Ooh and make Danger on the Mountain it angry Like Rage Against the Machinenfluenced poetry written by a 14 year old Sprinkle with pop culture references and call t a book By the end see page 175 I was laughing at what Williams accused children of nheriting from their fathers murder This was of course bolded In anderen Herzen in a font three times larger than the previous statements I m going to guess my laughter was not the response William wanted Even with all I can balk atn the collection Williams occasionally still has his uotable moments pages 25 61 67 70 78 and 171 but overall his emotion sn t nked out Triumph of the Optimists: 101 Years of Global Investment Returns in a way that translates to the reader not even with all his graphic designer support One sta. Ghest and lowest freuencies of understandingnto an Incongruent mean of babble and brillian. ,for help but