Intro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1

Poetry - General
28 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2021
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

In spite of the doubts people felt about them and how they were counted out among their peers, "the literary black sheep" survives and thrives to create a book that combines the wisdom of old age and the vision of youth. Intro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1 contains nine urban-themed poems written from 2016 to 2017. The first poem exposes the endless loop of bad parenting. Take Flight encourages readers to "get up, go out, explore life". Bluetopia depicts a sort of luxurious haven filled with beautiful women, high fashion, and dreams of achieving excellence. Saven "Con-A" Watts includes a few sentences at the end of the poems; some of these are comments about the poems' topics, while others are shorter poems related to the main poems.

Intro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1 is presented with a unique and original approach, revealing a profound, fun, and astounding poetic work. The poems come from a mind that is evolved to arrive at its truth regardless of how different it is from the norm, possibly as a result of exclusion. Some poems are quite different from the others, like Slicc Versing—whose peculiar spelling, rhymes, and word selection provide an exciting and therapeutic experience, especially when read aloud. Each poem is beautiful, but I particularly liked Define Real as it speaks against showing off and encourages actually being good instead of faking it, a topic I'm passionate about. With great style and artistry, Saven "Con-A" Watts's book depicts the harsh world they grew up in, pushes for a better world, and inspires readers to reach for the stars and beyond.

Carolina Restrepo

Intro of the Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1 is a modern collection of poems that details some of the experiences that Saven Watts, the author, has had during two years. These poems are so personal that one feels that what is in front of them is about a friend, and his/her troubles and life experiences. His poems diversify from heartbreak, love, hopelessness, originality, oblivion, life in the great unknown world that we live in, and much more. After each poem, a quote is placed for the reader to feel the poem more deeply and, in a way, take what is said and taught into their own lives and reflections. Saven “Con-A” Watts brings to the world a completely different portrayal of what poems are supposed to look like or talk about. His poems and themes are a breath of fresh air in this complicated and hectic world.

I loved these poems. I read them all in one sitting and felt like I was hit by a bus, an emotional and moral bus. I may not have as many experiences as the author but every word struck me as if my life was Saven’s. The themes and teachings that these poems bring forth are worth reading, analyzing, and most importantly, internalizing. I saved in my mind several parts of the poems that gave me breath and clicked something in me that woke me up somehow. “Heart Broke, Reckless, And Careless Youth Is What I See” broke me and taught me so much at the same time. Thanks to this poem I believe I have changed my mentality in various positive ways. Thank you, Saven “Con-A” Watts.

Sefina Hawke

Intro of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1 by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a poetry book that would appeal most to a diverse audience of adults and young adults who enjoy emotionally charged poetry. This book is a collection of nine poems of various lengths that were written by the author over the course of one year. The nine included poems are Heart Broken, Reckless, And Careless Youth Is What I See, Labeled a Suspect, Born 2 Lose Living 2 Win, OriGinal, Take Flight, Slicc Versing, Define Real, The Poetic Tale Of An Untold Urban Legend Vol.3: WARNING! There Goes That Low Down Dirty Devious Snail Marcell, and Bluetopia. All of these poems are filled with the author’s emotions, views, and thoughts as he explores difficult concepts and experiences involved in living.

Intro of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1 by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a very well-written poetry collection with an intriguing cover image. I really enjoyed the way that the author had a short paragraph following each poem that provided insight into the author’s motivation for writing the poem and served to make me think about how the poem could connect with my own life. I have to say as someone who has worked with kids coming from difficult situations, the poem Heart Broken, Reckless, and Careless Youth Is What I See really hit me in regards to what some of the kids and their parents are going through. The author’s statement at the end of the poem also served as quite the call to action. Overall, I found this poetry collection to be a valuable read that really made me consider myself, my choices, and the people around me in a new light.

Lesley Jones

In his 4th year as a thought-provoking poet, Saven "Con-A" Watts explores the damage that can be done to your self-worth and confidence by negativity and doubt from others. Intro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt.1 by Saven will inspire you to follow your dreams and turn your back on those who doubt your ability or sneer at your goals. The themes covered include gang violence, childhood trauma and neglect, breaking down social barriers, and overcoming adversity. Saven's poems encourage people from impoverished backgrounds to end the circle of violence, poverty, or hardship and begin to make choices that propel you to greatness. Many people who have been disregarded or abandoned by society had no control over the circumstances they were born into but they do have the choice to use their unique gifts to become positive role models for the next generation. Life is filled with obstacles, tragedy, unfairness, mistakes, and bad decisions. However, this shouldn't be the excuse to accept a future of discontentment but the motivation to triumph and leave a legacy that will inspire others to follow your lead.

I have read previous collections of Saven's work and I always admire his ability to provoke deep personal reflection and empowering self-belief. His poems are a friendly helping hand reaching out to those who feel down-trodden by society, with no idea of the direction to take their lives. He inspires self-confidence to live your life authentically, follow your heart and grab every opportunity with both hands. I believe anyone whose ideas and dreams have been mocked because they dare to think differently will relate to this superb collection, Intro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt.1. His poetry also gives you the courage to believe anything is possible and to live your life without fear of judgment or the need to apologize. Saven mentions his ambition is to make it onto John Walsh's World Top 500 list of Poets & Writers Most Wanted. I hope he reaches his dream because he thoroughly deserves it.

Pikasho Deka

Intro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1 is a collection of nine poems by Saven "Con-A" Watts, where he compares himself to the equivalent of a literary black sheep and explores a wide range of topics prevailing in his mind. Written during a span of one and a half years, the poems seem to follow a theme of growth and change, and Watts constantly reinforces the value of acceptance of one's own strengths through them. The book is short, sharp, and focused, written in a post-modern style influenced by rap and hip-hop. There is a poem titled Slicc Versing that wouldn't look out of place as the lyrics of a hip-hop song in an album. The book closes with a beautifully written abstract poem called Bluetopia.

Unique and authentic, Intro To The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 1 is another feather in the cap for Saven "Con-A" Watts. The poems showcase the growth and confidence that Watts gained from his experiences, not only as a writer and a poet but also as a human being. The flow of the verses seemed flawless, and the transitions felt smooth. The poems are provocative and inspiring as he continues to draw from his own life experiences and surroundings. It's the reason why the poems feel so personal, and it provides them with an added sense of authenticity. The author forgoes the traditionally conventional style of writing and instead opts for a post-modern urban street style of poetic writing. I couldn't have enjoyed the book more and look forward to reading Pt. 2. Highly recommended.