Scenes from Saul Williams' Performance Last Night at Sons of Hermann Hall.
Last night, Dallas was truly blessed.
Legendary literary presence Saul Williams was in town for a performance at Sons of Hermann Hall, and, with him, he brought his spoken word talents and a whole boat load of charm.
First, though, Williams gave a quick introduction about his new book, Chorus:A Literary Mixtape, which features the works of hundreds of poets from around the world, and then asked the audience if there were any poets in the room.
There were. About five of them.
So Williams had them all come up and recite a poem. Turns out, Dallas has a very strong poetry scene with a lot of great local talent. Williams' local opening act, Rage Almighty, will even represent Dallas in a national slam poetry competition later this year.
After this celebration of local poetry, Williams followed his guests off the stage. Then, standing in the floor among his the audience, he began to recite a poem.
The audience was dead quiet. Williams' gigantic, theater-trained voice echoed throughout the hall and through the souls of everyone around to hear him.
It was beautiful. That first poem alone lasted more than 7 minutes — without any breaks and with barely any time to breath between his words.
Then, after the poem, he told the crowd that he wanted the night to be an intimate one. The floor was open to anyone, he said. He wanted people to feel free to ask him anything about anything.
And so they did.
The night was filled with conversations about religion and Jay Z and the music industry. And, somehow, Williams was also able to recite plenty more poetry, too.
It was an inspiring display. Everyone in the room felt so close to Williams, and everything he said resonated. It was almost like a one-on-one with a hundred people.
It was perfect.