A Chill Movement Is Now in Effect

Poetry - General
27 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2021
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Reviewed by Grace Masso for Readers' Favorite

A Chill Movement Is Now in Effect by Saven “Con-A” Watts is a slim book of poetry that is written in an utterly personal and reflective style. This collection features ten poems, all exploring the poet’s personal experiences and capturing scenes from his life. The poet reflects on some of the troubling episodes of his life and the dilemmas that life confronted him with. The poems deal with a variety of themes, including paranoia, death, fear of God, being broke, family, conflict and violence, and many more.

The poems are written in freestyle and in a tone that is conversational. It is interesting that the author melds the art of storytelling with insightful thoughts to entertain readers in each of the poems. It is thoughtful, with lines to ponder on. The author shares some scenes from his life and evokes instances when he was so broke that he had to resort to “selling weed at times to have / something to eat at school / taking whatever job / that I could to make / ends meet…” There is a stream of consciousness that characterizes Saven “Con-A” Watts’s poetry and it allows the reader to connect with the poet’s troubled mind while enjoying his reflections on the choices he makes and those he has made in the past. A Chill Movement Is Now in Effect is an entertaining collection of poems that pulls the reader into the throbbing heart of the writer, exposing his fears, his thoughts, and mortality. The quick rhythm and the strong imagery are two of the unmistakable traits of Saven “Con-A” Watts’s poetry.

Asher Syed

A Chill Movement Is Now in Effect by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a compilation of the author's original poetry that harnesses the power of the time and emotional place he was in while composing the work. The collection consists of ten pieces all written in the latter half of 2018 during one of Watts' most prolific breakthroughs. The poems are all written in free verse that mimics a very natural speech pattern, although the stanzas do frequently conform to meters within themselves and carry a lyrical rhythm delivered in punches. The combination of Watts' words and the jabs of energy they are formatted with breathe life into his experiences in a way that few contemporary poets are able to successfully accomplish. Each poem ends with a soliloquy, also written by Watts, that takes a final stand on the foundation from which the roots of the poem spring, bringing the work full circle.

Saven “Con-A” Watts displays a genuine talent and a prodigious understanding of what makes narrative poetry work in A Chill Movement Is Now in Effect. Initially, I thought the work would be raw and a bit rough around the edges based on the blurb describing it. This isn't the case with Watts who smooths the edges out with injections of allegory that take the obvious and bring deeper meaning to them. My favorite example of this is in his poem Brokecessful, where Watts describes a life where the difference between having cash and having none means being surrounded by people who know the cost of everything, but the value of nothing. The satire is rich and witty without sacrificing its overall meaning. This is an excellent anthology and I have no doubt those who are fortunate enough to read it will feel the same way.

Vernita Naylor

Author Saven "Con-A" Watts is back with a book of poetry, A Chill Movement Is Now Effect, which still has the essence of life raw and in full effect. In this book, there are ten poems that speak of the challenges of the author during a seven-month phase in his life. As the reader, you may not be living these similar occurrences but in some ways, you would be able to relate, whether personally or through the life of someone else that you're close to. Immediately, you are hit with poems that speak for the author and those living within urban communities where you will see elements of fear, fighting for freedom, and reflection. A few poems that bring the message to the forefront and breathe the life of the streets and its challenges are U.T.A.H. (Unresolved. Tension. Anger. Hostility.) and There's A Time For Everything.

As before, I enjoyed this book of poems and how they not only provided various levels of expression but how they connect to the reader. Feel the passion and despair as you walk in the shoes of the author through his words of expression. As an added touch, Saven "Con-A" Watts provides a special quote after each poem to seal the meaning of the poem. One of my favorites is Strength In Silence because of the words that flow from the pages in expressing the parallel in the relationship of strength and silence. Additionally, the quote just adds that final touch for me: "Let your silence be just as strong as your actions and loud as the words you speak.” If you love poetry, pick up a copy of this book today. Enjoy!

K.C. Finn

A Chill Movement is Now in Effect is a collection of poetry suitable for all ages. It was penned by Saven “Con-A” Watts. This collection of poetry was written following a particularly turbulent period in the author’s life including family disruption and threats of violence. After such a difficult time, the author made the decision to focus on writing poetry as a therapeutic experience, and the poems that were written in this period form this collection. Written as an alternative to giving in to violence and darker impulses, A Chill Movement is Now in Effect celebrates the healing power of poetry.

A Chill Movement is Now in Effect is a volume that will take readers by the hand and walk them through the artistic expression of a difficult period of the author’s life. Despite this book being based on very intimate and personal experiences, the author does a magnificent job of making the work relatable, impactful, and inspiring. Of the ten poems in the collection, my personal highlights were ‘Strength in Silence’ and ‘No Longer Fighting Fair’, which I really connected with. Author Saven “Con-A” Watts is a talented poet who offers an original and compelling take on life through his use of self-expression and vivid description. This collection gives you an insight into the author's experiences and feelings and offers real hope that things can get better and that you have the power within you to create positive change. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to those looking for relevant poetry that is easy to connect with.

Amy Louise Hill

A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect, written by Saven “Con-A” Watts, is a collection of poems. Each poem is meaningful and based on Saven’s real-life events. From start to finish, you see the hard journey Saven has taken to reach calmness within himself.

A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect is a deep collection of poems. It is truly inspirational to see how Saven went from being in such a dark and scary time in his life to now being calm, chilled, and in a much better place. He writes about gun violence and family issues he has experienced. He explains how he has always been a good person but after incident after incident, he was close to plotting his revenge. Each poem is raw and real, and you honestly feel as if you are experiencing the same hardships Saven has suffered through. Saven decided to start writing these poems and found them to be therapeutic, which I can certainly relate to.

If you are going through similar situations in your life or just hard times in general, then I highly recommend buying a copy of A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect because it will have an impact on your own life as it did with me. I hope Saven “Con-A” Watts continues to write more real-life poems and reaches an even better place in his life. I am so glad I got to read this book because it has truly inspired me to look on the brighter side more often.

Pikasho Deka

A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect is a short collection of poems written by Saven "Con-A" Watts. Inspired by traumatic events of his past, Saven puts pen to paper and unleashes a series of beautifully written poems filled with in-depth introspection and raw emotion, which he collectively encapsulates in A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect. He delves deep into serious subject matters such as systematic racism, abject poverty, gang-related violence, and corruption of corporate institutions. Saven writes his poems in a post-modern style that seems heavily influenced by def poetry and rap. There are ten poems in the book. Each of them explores a different subject matter, capturing varying moods of the author.

A refreshing, innovative, and stylistic rendition of the author's beliefs and ideas, A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect feels captivating and lovers of post-modern poetic literature shouldn't miss out on it. I found Saven "Con-A" Watts's lyrical flow to be top-notch, which is primely enhanced by urban-street lingo, providing the poems with a post-modern flavor suitable to contemporary audiences. Although I enjoyed every one of them, my personal favorites would be U.T.A.H. (Unresolved. Tension. Anger. Hostility), Strength in Silence, and Slicc Years Eve. I felt deeply moved by the intimate and personal aspects of Saven's writing. I also found some of the discussed topics extremely relatable. I loved everything about A Chill Movement Is Now In Effect, and I would highly recommend it to fans of post-modern poetic literature.