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  1. Introduction
  2. His views on being labeled
  3. His second book
  4. The idea of dreams as weapons
  5. Saul Williams and poetry
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

Sometimes it is by sheer coincidence that things are discovered. This chance is sometimes called serendipity, fate, luck, providence and many other words. Christopher Columbus was looking for a new way to get to India in 1492, and he accidentally wound up landing in The Americas. It was another serendipitous occasion that I discovered Saul Williams.Saul Stacey Williams is a writer, performer, and actor. He was born on February 29th, 1972 in Newburgh, New York and has two older siblings. He attended Morehouse College and received his BA in philosophy. Afterwards he moved to New York City to peruse a Master's Degree in acting at New York University. It was in New York City that Saul began his journey into poetry via the poetry café scene. In 1995 he became Grand Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Café. In 1996 his daughter, Saturn, was born to his then girlfriend, Marcia Jones, an artist. He stared in the film Slam in 1998, which he also helped write. His acting and writing in Slam was said to have introduced him to an international audiences. Soon after Slam, Saul had begun his musical career, releasing several records between 2001 and 2005. He has written four books: The Seventh Octave, S?he, said the shotgun to the head, and The Dead Emcee Scrolls.

[...] In this paper I am going to focus on Saul Williams, the poet. When describing himself as a poet Saul said: write poetry because it is the clearest and most direct expression of how I think. I take pride in being called a poet mostly because it feels like an ordination. I did not grow up thinking of myself as a poet, so it is an honor to be considered one.? says Saul in the Bio section of his webpage saulwilliams.com, goal has never truly been to become an amazing poet, rather I have worked at becoming more expressive, thoughtful, and harmoniously balanced, and courageous enough to live my life as a poem. [...]


[...] Yet, on the next page I found a continuation of the text from before i was discovered and scheduled to be lynched in her town square i remind you for every one of us you lynch there is another burning witch 22) It was in a second reading of these lines that I remembered that Saul Williams was not just some man writing a compelling and poetic sounding story, he actually understood poetry. He knew how to use slant rhyme, he understood meter and alliteration, he knew what he was doing when he encamped lines and there was a reason that he didn't capitalize his lines. [...]

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