My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle

Poetry - General
25 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2021
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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.

Erin Nicole Cochran

My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle by Saven “Con-A” Watts is a short collection of poetry that somehow contains volumes. Right out of the gate, Con-A is a captivator. He holds the reader firmly on the page, telling us not only the creation that is before our eyes, but also how it came to be. The other creative minds that helped him on his journey from a page of paper (or computer screen) to the “crisp” digital page of a book. Musical and personal influences that helped his mind create. One of my favorite sections is on page 8 “willing to risk going hungry like an empty Smuckers jar.” These words are so visual that you could pick them up and toss them in the air.

Saven “Con-A” Watts’s My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is one of those collections that you don’t easily forget. It bounces off the walls of your brain. His words remind you of life and what sits in front of you and not to let it pass you by. His enthusiasm for his creation and ability leaks out and pushes the reader to go deeper into their own levels of self, into their own abilities and passions. The intensity for situations that arise explodes off the page like you're perfectly caught in a war zone of words. Saven “Con-A” Watts’s My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is poetry that pushes; it unsettles the status quo by being honest and authentic in a way that most artists don’t know how to be anymore.

Lesley Jones

In My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle, Saven "Con-A" Watts's 8th collection of captivating poems takes an honest look inside communities that are often portrayed as desolate, depressing, and filled with violence and crime. To Saven, this is an injustice to the hard-working people who call these areas home - where unity, goodness, and happiness are in abundance. The residents are no different from any other area; they have their own personal struggles but you will find entrepreneurs, great minds, comedians, and people with huge hearts and good souls too. Saven learned some important life lessons from these communities; for example, how to spot great opportunities and utilize them, how to adapt when faced with obstacles, and how to self-protect. Saven will highlight through his poetry how stereotypical people and events reported by the media are hugely misrepresented and filled with misinformation. Other themes covered include why the lack of formal education is not a barrier to a successful career or business opportunity as long as you are willing to work hard and why it is vital to retain your dignity, manners, and privacy on social media. He also pays gratitude to the pivotal people who helped him on his literary journey.

My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle by Saven "Con-A" Watts is yet another dynamic and powerful compilation from Saven. I simply adore his style of poetry, his visions for a better future for everyone, and his lack of apologies for speaking his truth. Saven always manages to shine a light on subjects that need to be highlighted. I thought his descriptions of impoverished areas were absolutely brilliant and if you were raised in similar communities you will resonate with his words wholeheartedly. Saven never fails to focus on topics that provoke thought, motivate change and inspire courage. I believe his work is a beacon of light to many who are crippled by fear or self-doubt. My particular favorite in the collection is Prove The Wrong where he describes the mockery and negativity you sometimes receive from peers when you refuse to become a victim of your circumstances. I also loved his thoughts on risk-taking, facing fear and challenges when trying anything new. The question he poses regarding the willingness to sacrifice immediate pleasure in order to invest in your long-term success was really hard-hitting. Saven's work touches me deeply and I recommend everyone to read this collection and his other compilations.

Pikasho Deka

My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a collection of seven poems and the eighth book that the author has written. Exploring the themes of forgiveness and growth, Saven "Con-A" Watts structures his poems in a post-modern style influenced by rap and hip hop and pens them in a clear-cut urban style lingo. He delves deep into what poetry truly means to him personally and narrates his growth both as a poet and a person in his 25 years on earth. The struggles of everyday life and the pressures of being a middle child weigh heavily on his mind -- but through perseverance, resilience, and hard work, he constantly defies expectations and comes out unscathed, as showcased through his poems.

My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is an inspirational and soulful rendition of poems that fills you with a sense of hope and optimism while leaving plenty of room for introspection. I've read seven books by Con-A, and to me personally, My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is, without doubt, his best work yet. The stanzas are written in a highly accessible and clear-cut way, complemented by an engaging urban style lingo. Every poem feels unique and authentic, and Con-A infuses experiences from his own life that add another layer of depth to them. The pages breeze by as you can't help but immerse yourself in Con-A's stories and constantly want to re-read after you've completed each poem. My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is a riveting read that I highly recommend to poetry lovers.

Vernita Naylor

Hardship, poverty, media, struggles, and crime-ridden areas are all interchangeable, depending upon how you view them. Poetic author Saven "Con-A" Watts’s book, My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle, reflects on how beautiful life can be despite the day-to-day challenges that many are faced with. He lays out seven poems that intertwine the positive and negative sides of life. In this book of poems, you will read about reflection, pathways, and being thankful for what surrounds us despite our challenges. His collection of poetry like Word Call and Proud To Have Survived To See 25 are classics where the author is transparent and shares a part of himself to help the reader see life from another viewpoint. To maintain the inspiration of creating this body of work, music was his muse. He shares several of the hip-hop, jazz, and g-funk instrumentals titles that were a part of the process that you too may enjoy to get in the mood.

Each time I get a chance to review poems by Saven "Con-A" Watts, I am ready for truth, passion, and various levels of expression. As before with each poem, the author provides a summary in the form of a special quote after each poem. How you view life and those around you depends upon your perspective. Your perspective can either keep you bound or set you free each day that you are awake. Let this book of poems refresh your mind, create within you a paradigm shift in your perspective, and release you into a new you. If you love poetry, My Beautiful Artistic Everyday Struggle is highly recommended. Enjoy!