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Poetry releases inner demons for W.Va. dad

May 10, 2009|BY TIFFANY ARNOLD

Falling Waters, W.Va., resident Jason Kline's poetry is more than aesthetic. His newly published book, "Bleeding Through Ink," reflects the 26-year-old author's transition to becoming a better man, he said.

"It's like therapy," said Kline. "You're bleeding out your emotion, your soul. (You're) pouring yourself onto a piece of paper through ink."

Published through PublishAmerica earlier this year, "Bleeding Through Ink," is a compilation of poems Kline said he shaped from journal entries and unused music lyrics from his rock-band days.

Structurally, his poems are mostly free verse with a loose rhyme scheme. He covers the usual suspects - airing out inner demons, and the good, the bad and the ugly of romantic relationships. But he said some of his poems show a darker side. Kline attributed some of that to his parents' divorce when he was 7. It was a hard adjustment.

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"I tended to look tough on the outside, but I needed a release of my own," Kline said.

Kline grew up in Middletown, Md., and in Washington County, but has lived in West Virginia for the past two years.

Kline decided to pursue life as a musician after high school, which led to a rock 'n' roll lifestyle. But the birth of his daughter last year changed things.

"It was like a birth for me, too," Kline said.

Kline included a love poem, "My World in an Unborn Love," which he wrote for his baby while his wife, Lindsay Kline, was pregnant. Their daughter, Kylee, is now 1.

Kline said something inside of him snapped.

"(Before,) I could stay up all night and act like a kid," Kline said. "(But now) I was the father. I couldn't be a kid anymore. You don't want to sleep two hours a night and drink seven to eight drinks at a show and try to be a father. You want to be around."

Kline said that because he was able to release much of his bottled-up emotions through "Bleeding," he's ready to move on to something that isn't as personal - maybe writing a novel.

In the meantime, he's been getting out the word about "Bleeding." The book is available online at Amazon.com for $16.95.

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