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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
It's A Funny Thing, Life: Poetry of Love, Loss & Inspiration by Mark Kloss is a collection of poems that gives readers glimpses into the personal space of the poet where his deepest feelings, sorrows, hopes, love, and spirituality reside. The poems reflect on life and the diverse emotions that any person would experience in their lives. His pain, heartache, love, loss, grief, longing, and the lighter side of life are palpable in his words and give readers a chance to know him intimately and his perception of life and the emotions associated with it. Divided into three parts, the first part is Love for Many Hearts, where poems are based on the different aspects and sides that are related to love. Part two is Strings of Life and Death where readers peek into the poet's innermost self, his sadness, and the pain that resides in the spaces of his heart and soul.
The collection is engaging and a treat for all poetry lovers. The poems are crisp, neatly executed, and expressive of the poet's feelings. It will give readers an opportunity to look at the shadows of life in many different ways, and analyze the emotions and feelings associated with it. The poems are emotive, rhythmic, and succinct and evoke a lot of emotions in the minds of readers as they try to decipher the underlying messages in them.
'Nature's Fireworks' celebrates the beauty and glory of flowers in a unique way, and encourages readers to drown in their pleasing beauty to forget their sorrows and worries. 'It's a Funny Thing, Life' encapsulates the journey of life in the simplest form, and the minimalist use of expression makes the poem effective and profound. 'A Winter's Play' is a good poem that makes the winter chill tangible to readers. I can go and on about many poems in the book, but instead, why don't you grab this collection and experience the vagaries and beauty of life through the poet's eyes.