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The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

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Writing poems and keeping journal since 1991, Jill Scott now shares her personal poetry collection in The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours. Praised for her earthy, honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott explores all the flavors of life, love, and self.

Of her music, Jill offers: "It's music. It's experiences. It's vulnerability. It's honesty. It's being a
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Press
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Love me some Jill Scott! I have all her albums and her music lifts my spirit. During the peak of the Neo-Soul era (which I wish would return), she was and still is a favorite.

This collection was lyrical and pretty sexual. Its divided into five chapters and my favorite was chapter IV entitled - 'Us Sistahs Sometimes', which is dedicated to Black women and celebrates our uniqueness. Poems in this section speak on hair salon experiences, heartbreak, independence, our various skin tones, self-love,
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ok I don't know about you but I have a routine when I finally receive down time and finally get to sit down.
I sit down at the dining room table with a cup of lipton and hint of lemon. And when I finally got a chance to read this book, she made it worth my while.

This book is sensual, sweet, raw, jaw dropping and refreshing. She most definitely gives you the same presence and breathe taking experience she gives you on her albums and concerts. Jill Scott takes pleasure in being Jill Scott while em
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jill writes beautiful she lives inside both, my head and my heart. She signed my copy.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Deep Poetry! Some poems, I had to reread because I enjoyed the tingling feeling I got the first time. Some poems, gave me an all to real moment of what that may have felt like. Some was like poetic porn, lovemaking, and lust that so many people yearn to feel but will never experience. But most made me feel empowered to be a better African American Woman!
Erika Coldman
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jill Scott is one of those people you would just live to spend an entire day with, soaking up everything she has to offer. I wouldn't even have to say anything; just to be able to watch her create would be enough for me.

I read this compilation of her work many years ago and it still holds a special place in my heart. The way in which she can make you visualize the words on the page (or in a song for that matter) baffle me every time. There are few writers/poets who have that affect on me. I oft
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Jill Scott is one of my favorite artists and you can certainly tell where she got her poetic singing voice from by reading her poetry. I actually met her when she did a book signing and took a picture with her. I hope she publishes a sequel.
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all poetry lovers, Jill Scott fans
I think this is a brilliant effort by someone who has obviously spent most of her life making keen observations of her circumstances as well as the circumstances of those around her. It’s also clear she has been writing for many years. Her poems are reflective, encouraging, celebratory and patiently abrasive—knowing that true adjustments in one’s life take time, but also acknowledging that a kick in one’s ass is usually the impetus for such adjustments. I love that she is so dedicated to celebra ...more
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
I love Jill Scott's music: the way she blends different musical influences with her own lyrics and delivering them with her goddess-given voice *is* poetry. But these poems, while unpretentious, lacked depth. To be fair, this volume incorporates some of her earliest stuff before she honed her craft. ...more
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Jill Scott has a clear voice in this beautiful book of her early poems. I could hear her reading them out loud. I could see these are poems from her early days and it shows how see came to be the amazing songstress she is know. Some of the poems are better than others. The illustrations are wonderful. This book will be a keeper.
Shanna T-williams
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading this book. I love how you can visualize every poem In this book, and ur able to set the scene. So amazing Ms. Jill Scott. Such a wonderful poet... She is definitely an inspiration to me, wanting to write more and more poetry. Thank u Jill :).
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Some of these were beautiful. More please.
Joi Reece
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can actually describe this entire book in two words: Mental Orgasm

This book brought the same down-to-earth, personal, and tell-it-like-it-is/was/or should be voice that I love from J. Scott. Although I expected nothing less, her writing added an additional layer of complexity and eloquence to an already talented artist. This book will send you on a ride like no other, being tossed and turned with conflicting thoughts and emotions. A must read.
Barbara Albin
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jill Scott is in touch with her poetry as she is in touch with her music. As you resd her poetry she opens herself up to the reader. This is the way Miss Scott is and it does make her endearing. Her words may not appeal to everyone but the do to me and I have always appreciated her honesty in her music and her poetry is the same.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What can I say that we don't already know. She is a wonderful singer, actress, and poet!  

This book was no different, but I will say the girl had sex in her mind much to much while writing this. 
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Beautiful words as expected. Love her music :)
There's a lot here that I could relate to, in terms of experiences common to many young women. I've aged out of most of it now, partly because I'm no longer remotely "hot" so the male gaze isn't directed at me this way, and partly because all those hormones and feelings don't rule me anymore... maybe best expressed as a combo of chemistry + experience?

There's also a lot here that is specific to the Black American woman experience.

Poetry has always been an area of difficulty for me... I'm not i
Angell Johnson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a poet all my life, and an avid reader. This is one of those book where you only read to appreciate the art. I read and write a lot, but this book had me speechless. So many emotions are evoked through her words, and the energy contained within this masterpiece is potent. Jill Scott's words of wisdom are words that every woman should definitely read. ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jill Scott is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet, and actress. This collection of poetry is very easy to read and very addictive. This is the kind of poetry that I enjoy reading. Poetry that speaks to you. Poetry that you can feel. There was not a poem in this collection that I didn't enjoy reading. Two of my favorite out of the collection is Potty Trained and Pocket Size #5. ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought her voice was powerful in this book- I would love to see her perform some of the poems live. The poems did not fit my personal life experiences or perception of the world, but I do think all voices have value
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first poem in this is by far my favourite.
"Spread it across your bread" and "Fallen ova myself in love with every molecule of you"
Spoke to me.
I've been a long time fan of Jill's music and movies and now of her poems. I didn't love all of them, but I loved the honesty of her words.
I haven't really read a lot of poetry - picked this one up for the Reading Women challenge.

I liked a few of the poems but overall I don't think the style was for me. I actually enjoyed the introductory essay about how she got into poetry more than most of the poems.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Jill's poetry. I didn't know she wrote poetry - but I'm not surprised just delighted. Love her voice. ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, poetry
That was beautiful.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, women, sexuality
2 - 3 stars.
Tonya Mangum
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No less than what you would expect from Jilly from Philly. Beautiful book of poetry and funny! 😜
Essence Cropper
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good!
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Nestle your soul in the pillows of me-"
That line knocked me upside my heart. This is a lovely glimpse into an Artist I've loved for years...
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jill Scott came into my radar as an actress...specifically in 2004, season four of UPN's "Girlfriends" (playing Donna, a love interest to main character, William Dent [Reggie Hayes]); 2007- Tyler Perry's, "Why Did I Get Married?" (four couples, who are also best friends, converge on a retreat to help work out their marital problems and ask the question "Why did I get married?"); 2010 - "Why Did I Get Married Too?" (same four couples prepare for their next marriage retreat, in the Bahamas); 2010 ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-favorites
Although I do like poetry, I am not into everyones poems...Maya Angelou and Jill Scott happen to be two people that I enjoy reading...Although this is the first time I have read Jill Scott's poetry. I went into this book of poems wanting to enjoy them..And I did...I've always loved her music and the fact that she put her poetry into a book, made it that much better for me...I recognized much of it from her music...

Once I actually sat down and took the time to really read it, it didn't take me l
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Jill Scott is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet, and actress. In 2007, Scott made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog (as Big Mama Thornton) and in Tyler Perry's feature film, Why Did I Get Married? That same year her third studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, was released on September 25, 2007. She has won three Grammy Awards. She currently appears in the le ...more

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