Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2

Poetry - General
37 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2021
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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a collection of poems that shine with energy, raw honesty, wit, and life. The messages in the poems read loud and clear: Strive ahead and never give up, regardless of background or circumstance. The urgency pulses through the lines as if Watts is desperate to get his experiences and meaningful poems out to the masses, in order to shine a light or make a difference. It's about choices and consequences, and how the ball is always in your court. They read like rap lyrics in a way, with tension and power, but are still decidedly poems. He speaks of street life, people he knows and knew, and the good times and the bad that surround all of that. But the message is to prevent heartache, crime, prison, a wasted life, or dying too young.

If you like poems that reflect society, culture, and everyday people in need of a wake-up call, these poems will speak that language to you. He laments misguided youth, a life of crime, and a bleak future, and promises a brighter future if you just consider the cost. He urges the young to think about their choices and what lies ahead, using today's fresh, relevant language, imagery, and cultural references. He asks readers to take a look at injustice in the world, from those wrongly incarcerated to those that willfully take life and to those in prisons of their own making. If you like poetry with religious overtones, you'll find plenty of it here, with strong language and a challenge to take responsibility for your actions. Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a short volume of poetry that will make a big impact on readers.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 by Saven “Con-A” Watts is a collection of poetry that brings to mind an empowering sound. A modern-day mixtape of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Modern words for a new and still crumbling world. Some of the words that resonated the most with me are on page 13: “think of me as some sort of guardian angel who cometh and goes like a thief in the heat of the night.” You can take so much from only a few of his lines and that to me is indicative of another powerhouse voice. That is the sign of a man who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand.

Saven “Con-A” Watts’s Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 is like nothing I’ve ever read. The effect that words on a page can have on someone is transformative. That’s what reading Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 is like. It will transform you, open you up in a way that you don’t expect it to. There are generations in this world who need to hear this young man’s voice, who are yearning to hear it, without even knowing it. Saven Watts takes you to the streets, puts your feet on the pavement, your ears to the ground, and lays it all out on the line. Read Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 and let it do the same for you as it did for me. Be transformed.

Lesley Jones

Following on from Part One, Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2, Saven "Con-A" Watts continues his powerful observations of humanity and society in general. The collection looks at the injustices of the prison system, protests to release the guilty while the innocent are incarcerated and forgotten, gang violence, gun crime, and poverty. Saven also covers the topics of victimhood, self-control, culpability, and personal responsibility in a way that will evoke changes in behavior and mindset to the forgotten and downtrodden. The poems remind us that there are always choices and opportunities to make your life better. If you become a victim of circumstance and upbringing, how can the cycle of abuse, violence, and poverty cease? Saven offers hope, common sense, and encouragement to those who feel lost with no positive role model or direction.

Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 by Saven "Con-A" Watts is another raw and powerful collection. His writing is so powerful and he covers themes from the dark side of society that many people try their best to ignore. I feel his work is an inspiration to those who want more than just to exist but to leave a legacy for the next generation. This collection would spark an interesting and much-needed debate on topics such as gang violence, poverty, childhood abuse, and neglect. My favorite poem was No Excuses, which deals with taking personal responsibility for your own actions and accountability when you purposely make the wrong choice. Saven's life experiences and views of the world around him are so compelling and his poetry makes you reflect on society and your own moral compass. Saven makes an excellent point in Free Your Own Selves regarding protests and how people can really make a difference to help the innocent in prison. The final poem covering Timothy's story is so poignant and really compels you to make the most of every opportunity life offers you. Timothy's story was so tragic but he refused to become a victim. I highly recommend everyone reads this collection and others by Saven.

Pikasho Deka

A culmination of his other works, Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 is yet another enthralling collection of poems by post-modern poet and writer Saven "Con-A" Watts. The collection continues to explore Watt's common themes of social issues and introspective ideas, but more than any of the previous collections, Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 is filled with a sense of nostalgia in its premise. Poems like 1995 take you back to the mid-'90s and remind you of old TV shows, music, and movies, and you can't help but reminisce. The poem Sliccadelic Groovin feels like an ode to R&B and Funk musicians. There are seven poems in the book, each handling a different issue but channeling similar themes.

Saven "Con-A" Watts continues to grow as a writer and a poet, and Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt. 2 feels like his best work yet. The collection of poems feels more polished and accessible than anything he has done before, although he maintains his post-modern urban street style that he used in his earlier works. Free Your Own Selves, Sliccadelic Groovin, and I.E.P. (Intelligent. Educated. People.) were my top 3 personal favorites, but to be fair, I enjoyed them all. The most impressive aspect of Watt's poems that I've found is his uncanny ability to call out everything that he sees wrong in an unrestrained and unflinching manner. As with the previous entries, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poems, and I would recommend them to any reader who enjoys post-modern poetry.