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Poetry Book Review:

A Man In Transition

by K.L. The Writer

a man in transitionThe difficulty of reviewing niche literature is in maintaining a balance between the essence of the niche market it serves and the requirements of good writing. Upon first examining A Man In Transition by K.L. The Writer, one notices a certain packaging that is reflective of the work inside and one were to judge the book on the contents apart from its packaging or its intent then one would likely come away with a harsh view.

In certain cases, that harsh view would be justified. The writing bounces in range from downright atrocious to mediocre, but there is a certain element in K.L.s tone that causes me to take a less stringent approach.

A Man In Transition is primarily a collection of poems, stories, and observations that detail the movement of a man's conscience from his misogyny to a religious devotion that changed his life. In that regard then it is memoiric and evangelical. K.L. has a unique voice and doesn't mind taking emotional risks that many more talented writers only envy. For that he is to be commended.

While A Man In Transition is laden with typographical and grammatical errors, K.L. is not really a bad writer. He has a bad editor. And this should be a lesson to authors everywhere that one shouldn't allow family to edit your work. Such detailed literary talent should be reserved for the professional.

K.L. does have a strength for conjuring a good line, but his writing needs to be toned. Not just grammatically, but in terms of perception and attention to detail. His story is a powerful one and with the right editing could be told more engagingly. At times he drifts into preaching, though he manages to keep himself on an humble keel. His insights and spiritual messages following the poems in the book will be a turn off to some readers, I found them unnecessary for the most part, but more religious readers may appreciate them. The prose near the end of the book is awful and if removed would serve to strengthen and improve the work overall by at least half.

A Man In Transition is organized into chapters, much like a novel. Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of K.L. life - ie spiritual, romantic, father, and educator - with the last chapter exploring "the man I used to be". K.L. warns his reader that the last chapter contains adult content, but the expletives have all been replaced with ****s. I've always found that if you intend to use "dirty" words then you should let them on their own. K.L.s expurgation breaks one of the fundamental rules of literature to "show", not tell.

There is a readership of A Man In Transition, though I'm not sure if K.L. intentionally is targeting the right market. Some readers will appreciate his attempts at proselytizing and his preaching might be better received by them. Discerning readers looking for solid literature won't find much there. Still, even as a second-rate writer, K.L. is somewhat inspiring and shows himself to have a lot of heart.

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A Man In Transition
by K.L. The Writer


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