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at 12:17, 12 Jan 2006
Posts: 10
The Screenplay

It is fair to assume that anyone who has gotten this far has more than a casual interest in YES. I would suggest that reading the screenplay, and the commentary included with it, is almost as important as seeing the film
Watching the film has been, for me, an affair of the heart alone. I don’t like to talk or be disturbed at all during the film. The screenplay, and the commentaries and Q&A with Sally Potter, have affected me differently. It is as if my heart steps aside, and my mind becomes engaged (except for the brilliant and relentless passion of the original five-minute script). While reading the commentaries, and Sally Potter’s answers, I could feel a web unfolding, a reaching out to memories and poems that have been friends for years. At first it was a vague feeling that this YES experience was tying itself into a background or mosaic of life experiences, and in particular to the poetical works of many others. Every glance at my bookshelf would have me thinking; “Yes, that contains a poem that would be at home here”. But I knew there was a special poem, and quickly found it. The poetry of Dennis Brutus has been a constant companion for over twenty five years, and after reading the entire collection, again, I found that special one, and wish to share it with those who enjoy this website. This is from the collection called “A Simple Lust”, part of the African Writers Series published by Heinemann, © Dennis Brutus 1963.
When I read this poem I have a clear picture of He and SHE in the car park scene. He speaks to her, these lines, and, perhaps, she hears her own voice speaking as well.
Brian Young

From A Simple Lust

I might be a better lover I believe
my own, if you could truly be my own
trafficked and raddled as you are by gross
undiscerning, occupying feet,
how can I, the dispossessed, achieve
the absolute possession that we seek?
How can we speak of infidelity
when, forced apart, we guess each other’s woe?
My land, my love, be generous to forgive
my nomad rovings down the vagrant streets:
return to me, sometime be wholly my own
so you secure me entire, entirely your own.

Dennis Brutus

Basma Hussain
at 12:43, 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1
Dear Sally , I saw ur great film yesterday on the movie channel . I am Egyptian and a Moslem girl. I was fascinated by the idea of "yes". Ur verse is the greatest verse i ever heard. You were very objective towards the political and religious issues . Thank u for being so fair and just. I enjoyed ur film and loved both He and She. They made me feel new emotions that i think i never felt before . I wish I can find this script and keep reading it again and again , it is really amazing. Very good job Sally and thank u for giving me such profound ideas about life and love . Yours , Basma .
sally potter
at 09:27, 8 Jan 2007
Posts: 193
Thank you ,Basma, for writing. I am delighted, of course, that you experienced YES and its verse in this way.
Brian, I somehow missed your message when it was posted, nearly a year ago. The poem is beautiful. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention.
Brian Young
at 16:36, 9 Jan 2007
Posts: 28
Dennis Brutus
Hi Sally
I am glad that you liked the poem. Actually, I sent it to you before I posted it here (via Alex), together with several other things, like that page from The Family Of Man with the quote from Ulysses. I guess it was not forwarded to you. I love the work of Dennis Brutus, and will probably continue to read him as long as my eyes and heart can see. I have tickets for the first American staging of My Name Is Rachel Corrie, at the Seattle Rep. Did you ever get a chance to read her screenplay?
Brian Young
at 10:45, 12 Jan 2007
Posts: 1
YES screenplay
Dear Basma, the YES screenplay is available for purchase on Amazon.
Please select the following link for details.

Many thanks.
at 15:50, 23 Feb 2007
Posts: 14
My Name is Rachel Corrie & a question on plays

Thanks for the heads up. I'm near Seattle & plan to take my kids (1 in high school, 1 in college) to see what sounds like an amazing piece of work.

A question to anyone with knowledge on this...when a play is running for several weeks, what is the best time to see it? Early - mid - or late in the run? I expect this has some effect on the performers, no? Would love feedback. Thanks.

All best...

Brian Young
at 10:25, 27 Feb 2007
Posts: 28
when to see a play
I wanted to be there opening night, but had to take the following night for other reasons. I have not been to plays often enough to know if there would be much difference.
You should really buy the screenplay, Barnes & Noble has it. That too was delayed for various reasons, getting it published here in the states. Really makes you wonder who is pulling what strings.
I am glad you are taking your family.This is important.
Brian Young
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