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Saul Searching

January 1, 2013
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I was soul searching today. It is the first of the year and all. In my soul searching I started Saul searching. He has, after all, spoke to my soul on many an occasion. I was reminded why I love him so. His written word IS his spoken word. They are the same. When you read the words on the page you HEAR them. They immediately take on an undeniable rhythm all their own. I have to go ahead and admit that I read Saul Williams before I ever heard him, which is why it is that more meaningful to me. I didn’t read him and hear his actual voice because I knew what it sounded like. I HEARD him because I felt him down in my soul.

I came to Saul by the way of “The Dead Emcee Scrolls.”  It is how I first met him. If you haven’t read it, do it immediately. You will fall in love. If you’re a hip-hop fan, poetry fan, spoken word fan, or just a fan of great story-telling, I guarantee it will touch you. As much as I love poetry, it is the “story” part of the book I love the most, “A Confession.” Don’t get me wrong, even Saul’s poems are stories. So, let’s speak in technicalities. It isn’t technically a poem, although it is poetic. It is a bit of an introduction, a story of how things came to be. It spoke to me in such a way that I couldn’t even read the rest of the book yet. I had to process, wait, savor, get my bearings. I was in love and this was the first kiss. I didn’t want to rush.

So started my love affair with Saul Williams. His books remain some of my favorites. And today, when I needed some words that really meant something, it was Saul I turned to. This is what he said:

morning meditation 
is the burial service
of impressions
made the day before

the naming ceremony
of the day

Speak on Saul,  speak on.

Are you a Saul Williams fan? Tell me about your Saul searching.


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