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The Seventh Octave: The Early Writings of Saul Williams

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The first book from one of the most gifted poets of the Hip Hop Generation. The Seventh Octave features some of this great young poets most revered poems. From "OHM," to "Sha Clack Clack," Saul's words are breathtaking and powerful with every read. The Seventh Octave is a must-have collection for any aspiring poet or seasoned writer. Lyrical and electric, full of brilliant ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Moore Black Pr (first published February 1998)
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Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
the first book of poetry from award-winning slam poet, actor, emcee, and activist saul williams, the seventh octave demonstrates a prodigious talent. while his work has certainly matured over recent collections, these early writings demonstrate that williams was doing something fresh from day one. many of the lyrics in the seventh octave found their way onto saul's first full-length album, amethyst rock star (one of last decade's finest hip hop records). saul williams' provocative wordplay is en ...more
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Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Good little poetry book.

His slam poems from this volume are much, much better performed by Saul Williams then on stage.

Saul Williams has definitely got better over time. I also am happy that 12 years ago he is the first slam poet I ever saw at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

This particular book though is good not great.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Saul's first book and my last one to read. I searched forever for a copy. Favorite author. It is not a book to just read. Just like all of his books the words are to be studied, dissected, and savored. If you are new to poetry take your time and don't just write this book off. For his first work this book is as deep as the meaning of life.
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, 2015
Re-read: April 2015. I had the pleasure of seeing Saul Williams perform a few weeks ago so I'm revisiting his work. My original review stands.

April 26, 2013 review:
This is a collection of Saul Williams early works. It's rough in some spots but you can see the talent that he had for rhyme even in his younger years.
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Not near as good as the other two
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Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Trippy poetry, prose, spoken word. Contempo
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Saul Stacey Williams is an American poet, writer, actor and musician known for his blend of poetry and hip-hop and for his leading role in the 1998 independent film Slam.
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