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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Saven "Con-A" Watts organizes a collection of nine poems, written during the period between April 2014 and May 2015, and put them forth in his book titled Scars And Stripes Of An Honorary Warrior. Based on the themes of poverty, isolation, and trauma, the poems deal with the struggles of everyday life faced by the average person whom Saven "Con-A" Watts equates to the soldier fighting behind enemy lines. Saven "Con-A" Watts accurately summarizes that people raised in poverty and suffering through hardship, who still somehow manage to not only eke out a living but achieve resounding success in their respective fields, are no less notable and praiseworthy than men who perform heroic deeds on the battlefield.
This is the second collection of poems I've read written by Saven "Con-A" Watts and I found Scars And Stripes Of An Honorary Warrior to be as engaging, immersive, and thematically rich as his other book titled A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect. Poems such as Are You Being Paid To Play Or Are You Getting Played To Pay, My Grammer Is A Tune Of Its Own, or A Disguised Blessing To Be The Underdog explores a wide spectrum of issues ranging from higher powers enacting policies to keep the little man down to the author's choice of stylistic expression to the insidious benefits of being underestimated by your peers. The poems are written in a post-modern style influenced by the rhyming patterns and street lingo usage found in rap. I found the book to be a highly inspiring read.