Slicchological Sessions

The Importance Of Note-Taking

Poetry - General
23 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2021
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In the past year, society across the world has had to endure the most unprecedented executive orders which have controlled their civil liberties. Along with the widespread lockdowns, demands for social distancing, and mask-wearing, people have also been divided on many other important issues. In Slicchological Sessions by Saven "Con-A" Watts, written in June 2020, Saven highlights the trend of shutting down debate, cancel culture, and censorship. The power of social media and their 'Fact-Checkers', the advancement of digital currency, fake news, and the hidden but influential elites in society. How has protesting changed the direction of police brutality of minorities and are the silent majority anywhere closer to being heard? In this short but powerful collection of five poems, Saven invites you to examine the world around you and the injustices that we have accepted as a new normal and question if this is a world that is fair and just. How can we as a society join together under the umbrella of humanity and ensure the next generation is given the chances they rightfully deserve?

Slicchological Sessions by Saven "Con-A" Watts is yet another powerfully insightful collection of poetry. His words and views of his community and human behavior, in general, resounded with me so deeply. Saven's passion to make the world a better place where everyone strives to become the best version of themselves is inspirational. His style of poetry reminds me of heavenly prophecies and revelations that evoke debate and self-reflection. Saven covers themes that speak for the unheard and silenced in society. He doesn't apologize for his dynamic, compelling views and I hold that personal trait in the highest regard. Saven brings the genre of poetry to many who have never considered reading poetry. His call for unity and peace is found throughout this collection and is especially highlighted with this line, 'let us all unify in the spirit of the most high and stand up against the army of Satan.' Saven encourages us to take personal responsibility, not just for ourselves and our communities, but also to stand up to injustices when we see them. I agree with his views that if we stand as a collective, then positive change can occur but we must open our eyes, minds, and hearts to make this a reality.

Lois Henderson

In the five poems in his collection titled Slicchological Sessions: The Importance of Note-Taking, Saven "Con-A" Watts explores his response to the stressful conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, focusing on the period June 13th to June 28th. The poems consist of On The Left Cide, Sliccspiracy Theories And Prophecies 2020, Looking Over At That Wall, Slicchology Session 101, and Session 102: Sliccstrumentalist, with the first four poems having been written between June 13 and June 16, and the last on June 28. Musicality is very close to Watts’s conceptualization and understanding of the world as it was in such a momentous year, with him acknowledging Doggystyleeee’s song, produced by Hannibal and called Put That On Somethin, as the theme song of the work.

The art of Slicchology lies at the core of Saven "Con-A" Watts’s mindset, as set out in Slicchological Sessions: The Importance of Note-Taking. This apparently self-coined neologism sums up what Watts conceives of as being relevant and meaningful to today. His self-confident styling makes him stand out from the crowd to which he, nevertheless, closely relates. Being his sixth book of poetic outpourings, Watts’s self-awareness as an artist can clearly be shown to have evolved through his self-expression in the form of the written word. That especially the younger generation should find some resonance with his work is apparent. As an exploratory artist, Watts is preeminently in touch with the aspirations and needs of his own generation of young adults, so that Slicchological Sessions: The Importance of Note-Taking should speak to them directly and meaningfully.

Pikasho Deka

Was the year 2020 tough on you too? If the answer is yes, then get yourselves a copy of post-modern poet and author Saven "Con-A" Watts's Slicchological Sessions: The Importance of Note-Taking, a collection of five poems that are bound to raise your spirits. Saven "Con-A" Watts offers his own thoughts and insights on the year 2020 and belts out a sequence of five poems, where he touches upon the major events of the year, including the pandemic, conspiracy theories, and global protests. Much like his other works, Watts uses a blend of hip hop and post-modern poetry style, complemented by the usage of urban street lingo. The poems are composed of short, terse sentences that give way to rhymic verses, containing a smooth flow in the transitions.

Slicchological Sessions: The Importance of Note-Taking feels like a quick rewind to the year 2020. In the course of five poems written during a one-month timespan, Saven "Con-A" Watts perfectly encapsulates every major event of the year and briefly touches upon the impact and long-term ramifications of said events. Every poem felt well-written, but I especially enjoyed Looking Over At The Wall, Slicchology Session 101, and Session 102: Sliccstrumentalist. I found the length and duration of the poems in this book a bit longer than Watts's previous works. Slicchological Sessions: The Importance of Note-Taking feels like a book full of passion and long hours of obsessive attention to minute details. I was entertained by most of the poems, and I think poetry lovers who enjoy a post-modern experimental style will feel the same.

Tammy Ruggles

Slicchological Sessions: The Importance Of Note-Taking by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a collection of five poems and the sixth book by the author that was written in a short space of time, offering commentary during Covid-19, and about Covid-19, using his own raw brand of poetry. His bold viewpoints span a variety of topics, from conspiracy theories to current events going on worldwide. He writes about the impact that the year 2020 has had and will continue to have on people--mentally, financially, and spiritually. He offers these poems as his way of sounding a siren, asking if not pleading for everyone to listen to him and pay attention. Whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not, his poems are full of grit and attitude, an urgent voice calling out to others to take a closer look at things that seem normal at first glance, but may be a front for something darker.

Another volume of Watts's poetry, Outro Of The Literary Black Sheep Pt.2 (poems that urge others to take responsibility) piqued my interest in this collection, as this volume seems to be different. These five poems stem from what the poet calls an awakening to forces behind the scenes that are in control of the world, and include musical influences as well, so much that the yet-to-be-released song "Put That On Somethin'", by Doggystyleeee, could be the soundtrack to this book. He explains his process as going down a rabbit hole, unearthing truths that some people don't want to acknowledge. Besides the conspiracy stance, you will find lines of romance, stories of standoffs, mentions of hate groups, street gangs, crime, and cultural references of the '80s, '90s, and iconic rappers. If you are into conspiracy theories or poems that are punchy and pointed, Slicchological Sessions: The Importance Of Note-Taking by Saven "Con-A" Watts is a volume you should look into.

Foluso Falaye

The year 2020 wasn't a favorable one for many as the Covid-19 pandemic shook the world and caused a drastic change in how people live and work. During this chaotic period, Saven "Con-A" Watts was still able to complete a short book of five poems within 28 days. Slicchological Sessions presents revelations about the recently commercialized 5G technology and Covid-19 with an artistic twist and a prophetic tone. The book also explores police brutality by linking it to the way many have been killed and wrongfully arrested. The price of being gifted with many ideas is exposed in one of the poems, which has a theme of mental health. From the thoughtful introduction through the five epic poems, there's something to learn and think about in every part of the book.

Slicchological Sessions speaks to readers who feel there's more to the Covid-19 virus, people genuinely concerned about injustice, and fans of old-school, hardcore hip-hop music. It also challenges people who don't belong to any of these categories to reconsider where they stand with an authoritative and convincing tone. The smoothly and expertly structured poems held my attention right from the titles to the concluding notes at the end of the poems. Each poem is creative and deep, merging different concepts together effortlessly to create a rich and memorable experience. As a musician, I felt the poem about lyrical hip-hop was a beautiful work as it includes names of highly respected lyricists and rappers and the finesse and style of hip-hop music. Yes, I definitely loved this exquisite work of art and am looking forward to reading more books by Saven "Con-A" Watts.