The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours: The Poetry Of Jill Scott By Jill Scott

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Title: The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours: The Poetry Of Jill Scott

Author: Jill Scott

Genre: Poetry

Published: April 1, 2005

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Total Pages: 144 pages

Topics Include: Love, Heartache, Sex, Life, and Life Experiences

Amazon Synopsis: Jill Scott's first-ever poetry collection delivers the same earthy, personal, and tell-it-like-it-is voice that fans have grown to know and love. Writing poems and keeping journals since 1991, she shares her personal poetry collection in The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours. Praised for her honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott uncovers the beauty in healing, the comfort of family, and the stunning vitality of life.

I have been wanting to read a few celebrity books and I ended up coming across Jill Scott’s poetry book The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours. I finished this poetry book over the course of a couple of hours. The book was created when Jill Scott combined her journaling and poetry since 1991. She decided to put a lot of her poetry over the course of her life in this poetry book. On that note, let’s get started with this review.

My favorite poem: Music

It is the sad song

the good fight

It is the means of salvation

That instant embrace

The pungent chord

The public chord

The public sexiness in the key

It is that rapture

That demanding emancipation

the baby crying

the angry pulse

the rolling of the eyes

the brick being thrown

the loud and silent middle finger

It is stating

how we feel

what we do

how we fight

the scars we wear

the violence unseen

the blacks

the purples

the pinks

the green

It is magic without the wand

Without the hat or suspended lady

It lives

Passing from fingers

To pen

From mouth

to altar

it is


My thoughts:

Before I started reading this poetry book, I made sure to clear my mind of who Jill Scott was. Jill Scott is a R&B as singer but this book was opening my eyes to her as a poet and writer. The poetry gave me the aura of someone that was young and talking through her poetry as if it was spoken word. The poetry had different writing styles including sexual, speaking from a third person narrative, loving someone and simple haikus.

Most of the poetry I did not connect with because of the language and the writing style. There was a handful of poetry that I enjoyed and read it more than once because it was impactful. The poems that I connected to the most were related to love and music. But overall, the poetry included in this book was not for me and reminded me of a conversation someone would have with a friend — not necessarily poetry. My mind kept getting distracted by the grammar of some of the poetry as well. Even though I understood why some of the poetry was written a certain way it just did not fit the type of poetry that I enjoy reading. The poetry could be enjoyable for another reader but I did not seem to feel attached to the words of Jill Scott like I usually do her songs. Overall, the poetry book did not capture my attention as the reader but it could be a different experience for another reader.

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