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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 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 woman---an African American woman. Being a daughter, a sister, a grandchild and a Godmother. It's life. It's deeper than what I know. It's bigger than what I can see. I guess it's a dive into the human spirit." And the same will come forth in this never- before-seen collection of her poetry.


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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 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 woman---an African American woman. Being a daughter, a sister, a grandchild and a Godmother. It's life. It's deeper than what I know. It's bigger than what I can see. I guess it's a dive into the human spirit." And the same will come forth in this never- before-seen collection of her poetry.

30 review for The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darkowaa

    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, 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, miscarriage, a mother's love etc. I even recognized some lyrics from her earlier albums like 'Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1'. The rest of the collection I felt repetitive. She seemed to be saying the same thing, but in slightly different ways which got quite boring. Also, the images that were tagged to some of the poems were not aesthetically pleasing to me - maybe because I read the Kindle version? Anyways! I hope she comes out with another poetry collection soon. Its been over 10 years since this was published! 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Quanda

    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 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 empathizing and sympathizing with others. This book is great. Jill Scott is poetically beautiful. Until...

  3. 5 out of 5

    LaGaryce

    2.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nakia

    Jill writes beautiful poetry...like she lives inside both, my head and my heart. She signed my copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Queen

    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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erika Coldman

    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 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 often sit and think to myself "how in the hell did she get that to do that?!" Ugh! I can go on forever about that greatness that is Jill Scott but I'll spare you. Do yourself a favor though and purchase this book of you haven't already. It's soo worth every glossy page.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kellea

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    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 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 celebrating life's bliss alongside it's hardship. My personal preference for poetry are poems that leave me confused—twirling some refrain repeatedly between my ears while trying to discover the author’s meaning (or at least figure out what I think about it). Unfortunately (perhaps only for me), I did not get a lot of that. Like her songwriting style, Jill’s poems were not difficult to decipher. As a friend described it, “Jill’s poems are for those people who want to say ‘humph’ or ‘damn’ at the end of every line.” While I don’t entirely agree with that assessment, I did find myself exclaiming my pleasure in her writing quite often at the end of her stanzas. It’s a good read and worth having on the shelves. I look forward to reading more of her work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alysia

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shanna T-williams

    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 :).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Creolecat

    4.5 Some of these were beautiful. More please.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joi Reece

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Albin

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    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. 

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Beautiful words as expected. Love her music :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angell Johnson

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Love Jill's poetry. I didn't know she wrote poetry - but I'm not surprised just delighted. Love her voice.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Magali

    That was beautiful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    2 - 3 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Mangum

    No less than what you would expect from Jilly from Philly. Beautiful book of poetry and funny! 😜

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    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 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 - "Sins of the Mother" (as Nona, an alcoholic mother confronted by her estranged daughter - which won her a NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special); and 2012 -"Steel Magnolias" with Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad. Then came her music...liberating, honest, seductive, sexy, sultry, exotic, uplifting, etc., etc., etc., - "Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1" (2000); "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2" (2004); "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3" (2007); and "The Light of the Sun" (2011). All paint alluring, relatable pictures that can be felt and seen clearly. Dealing with children, husband, career - in general the day to day, I turn to my favorites "Golden", "Whatever", "Hate on Me" and "He Loves Me" and I. Feel. Good. All anthems of "I got this". I stumbled upon Jill Scott's compendium book of poems "The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours" (published in 2005) in the break room at my job in the used books box no less. What a find...Jill shares her journey through love, life and self. The message is positive empowerment and the perseverance of the human spirit. She has a unique and undeniable range that touches upon so many emotional levels, in so many ways. Poetry is not meant to be read back to back. Read specific titles that draw you and be mesmerized into the world that is Jill Scott as she addresses living life on life's terms and loving every minute of it. Jill Scott is the true triple threat - actor, songstress and writer. Whatever genre, you hear the love, the struggle, the joy, the pain of loving life that Jill gives a voice to. She is a breath of fresh air. "The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours" is a good read

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    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 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 long to finish it...Most of them are just on one page but no more than a few pages long...There were a few in there that touched me personally (I won't take the time to try to type them out or even try to find them right now..lol).... If you enjoy reading poetry and/or love her music, picking this up, even just from the library or borrowing it from someone, it is really worth reading at least once! This has been added to my Favorites of 2014 & something I will most likely pick up again just to read certain poems out of them and/or refresh my memory...Or, if I happen to be talking about poetry (whether directly about hers or just poetry in general), I'm glad it's on my shelf to refer to if I want to have someone to read one of her poems that may fit what we are talking about and/or just want them to read something from her.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffani

    I never know what to think or say about poetry. Without a plot or characters I’m not sure what to grab on to, except maybe emotion and perhaps imagery. Jill Scott has a gift for translating emotion into words. Her work is honest, angry, friendly, grateful, romantic, and sensual. The poems are uncomplicated and fairly straight forward, which might be both good and not so good - good because they’re easy to understand but not so good because there is little to imagine. There were a few poems that I never know what to think or say about poetry. Without a plot or characters I’m not sure what to grab on to, except maybe emotion and perhaps imagery. Jill Scott has a gift for translating emotion into words. Her work is honest, angry, friendly, grateful, romantic, and sensual. The poems are uncomplicated and fairly straight forward, which might be both good and not so good - good because they’re easy to understand but not so good because there is little to imagine. There were a few poems that I re-read two or three times but most didn’t stay long with me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    RainbowWriter

    Erotic poetry. Social comments. Ctricizing the music industry. Some very straight-forward language! This book is art at its finest with Jill Scott's deep poetry, classic photos and modern art illustrations. I highly recommend for all Jill Scott fans and poetry readers. Jill Scott is a genius writer who gives you much food for thought. This book is relatively short but contains lots of ideas and metaphors. You should take your time, read slowly and contemplate on her words. A masterpiece.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    I must say, I can't get enough of words & sounds vol 1 and 2. In her music, childlike sincerity coexists beautifully with kumbaya-yomama attitude. It is poetry and hoochie at the same time. A similar thing is happening in her book, but I can't help but miss her trademark funk and baseline that usually come with those words.... I must say, I can't get enough of words & sounds vol 1 and 2. In her music, childlike sincerity coexists beautifully with kumbaya-yomama attitude. It is poetry and hoochie at the same time. A similar thing is happening in her book, but I can't help but miss her trademark funk and baseline that usually come with those words....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Quanda

    This book was funny, exciting, inviting, eye popping, mind blowing, thought provoking and sensually raw. Jill Scott touches on some very heavy issues that taunt our minds everyday on both sides amazingly. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and comfortably. Jill wowed me with her poems the same way she wowed me with her music. If you love Poetry, Jill Scott than it's a 2 for one. Promise. :)

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