The Night Highway By Christopher Hivner
The first poem in this new poetry book sets the stage for the feel and them of the rest of the collection. The author uniquely places a time of day/night above each poem to further give the reader a sense of when it’s taking place.Amazon USA
The Night Highway
By Christopher Hivner
Review by LB Sedlacek
The first poem in this new poetry book sets the stage for the feel and them of the rest of the collection. The author uniquely places a time of day/night above each poem to further give the reader a sense of when it’s taking place.
The poems give you the impression of what it’s like to spend an evening on into early morning with the author. The settings are fascinating. It reminds me of staying up all night, or staying up late to see stars or the moon, or getting up early to see the sunset.
From the poem “The Night Highway”
“I’m out here again,
the music of the barely there
playing on the stereo
while I drive
into a night
devoid of stars
but blinding with the artificial luminescence
of porch lights, car head lamps
I am the only real thing
among the man-made
detritus of the road.”
This poem is like taking a long drive out into the night. Sometimes, it’s good to just go somewhere without a destination and simply drive.
What a musical interlude of poems. Hivner writes poems about many different things you might encounter during an evening or in the early morning hours (or not) such as Zombies, stars, Cassiopeia, and quiet streets.
My favorite poem was “The Light is a Storyteller.” Here are some lines from the poem: “The light
is a storyteller / taking the stage / for a twelve-hour play, / one long soliloquy /searching for a plot…” I could really envision being enveloped within this poem.
I like the way the author has taken time and incorporated it into the poems, but also used it as a reference through the book. It’s a new spin on a poetry collection.
Hivner has put together an awe-inspiring book of poems. He’s been able to capture the glory of a sunset, the promise of a sunrise, and the possibilities of the wee hours of the night into words!
~LB Sedlacek’s latest poetry book is “Ghost Policy.” She is also the author of the poetry collections “I’m No ROBOT,” “Words and Bones,” “Simultaneous Submissions,” “Swim,” and “The Poet Next Door.” Her non-fiction books include “The Poet Protection Plan” and “Electric Melt: How to Write, Publish, Read Walt Whitman and Survive as a Writer and Poet). Her short story collection is entitled “Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories.” She writes poetry reviews for www.thepoetrymarket.com Find out more: www.lbsedlacek.com