The Entrant
by Ronald L. Nanton
Trafford Publishing

"Not an empty lot
but colony
where Freedom
was understood by her children
in ways long gone."

The collection of poetry thoroughly depicts different phases of the author's life and his contribution to society's changing worldview during the late twentieth century. From Nanton's childhood and days as a Black Power activist to a renewed religious fervor for Christ, the topics are undoubtedly spun in a positive and genuine light. Nanton's short, action-packed lines, infused with energy and rhythm, reflect the fondness of the particular memory. In "Hide and Seek," childhood is both glorified and described as a fleeting experience, specifically, "How it start? When it stop? Childhood gone." Perhaps the most elegant and beautiful aspect of the writing style is the vivid portrayal of the past. Most children latch on and cherish a specific aspect of their childhood. In poems like "The Death of Mr. Edwards," and "At School," Nanton awakens the readers own childhood memories.

The Entrant showcases the unique ability to shift themes and tones seamlessly. In part three of the compilation, "Slave" and "Soul Picnic 1971" show the unrest and zeal of Nanton's Black Power Days. The author's anguish in "Abortion" is undeniable while "Teacher Takes His Leave" reminisces on the great teaching experiences as they are about to come to an end. Similarly, "Retirement" addresses the dominating nature of mortality, impermanence, and the transitions that must be accepted with age. The final section, "In Christ," assumes a more philosophical voice entrenched on the sacrifices and praises of Jesus Christ. "Worthy To Be Praised," brings this collection full circle with one simple message: Whether your day is good or bad, praise God because he has given the individual a purpose and made the unworthy worthy of His love. Commencing with light-hearted poetry and progressively becoming more profound, this is an interesting and thought-provoking read that allows the reader to catch a glimpse of moments that made a man's life memorable.

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