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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is the eighth collection of poems by Saven "Con-A" Watts, a young and prolific author. The collection comprises seven poems centered on themes inspired by the life Watts led in a poor environment. In his works, Watts writes about success, what it means to be a middle child, and of a person who insulted him on the Internet - and more. At the end of each poem, Watts also adds a few lines to explain the meaning and genesis of the texts so that readers will have more information at their disposal to understand the poems even better.
I have to start by admitting that I often read poetry but rarely like it. However, when it is as pragmatic as My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is, I am always glad I have picked up the book. I was surprised to discover the poet's youth (Watts turned 25 in 2020, as he explains in the last poem). For the lucidity he reveals, I would have thought of someone older. His way of writing is my favorite for poetry because the lines are powerful and precise. The words are razor-sharp and give the concreteness and immediacy of prose to a delicate genre like poetry. His style goes hand in hand with the clear-cut analysis he makes of the topics so that each poem is honest and insightful. More young people should imitate Watts and use poetry as a way to express themselves. Watts has given us a great lesson in My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle. We all need more of it.