Genre: Poetry

Length: 80 Pages

Publishing Date: January 2, 2019

 

Buying Links for Strange Cars in the Night:

Amazon

 

Author Website:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17932818.Eric_Keegan

 

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From the Blurb:

Strange Cars in the Night is a savage debut poetry collection that moves at breakneck speed, written in the taste of a modern-day Hunter S. Thompson. It continues to unfurl Eric’s stream of conscious writing style onto the page and depicts an almost hallucinogenic recounting of what happens every night when the moon comes out to play.

 

My Review:

Many poets have been inspired by motor vehicles to write their poetry. Some have been fascinated by the working parts; engines, head gaskets, crank shafts while others have found the filling stations, roadside eateries capture their attention. While the working parts can be amusing and filling stations informative, the main attraction of the motor vehicles is the fact that you can drive and visit places in them. This became something of a mark for the protagonist of Strange Cars in the Night, who spent much of his night time driving on the roads; his car is something of a place where he can observe the world in leisure and mulls about life and people in general.

Inspired by the joys and travails of motor travel at nights, Eric Keegan’s debut collection is quirky yet engrossing. In Building Secret Machines, the headlights themselves fired Keegan’s imagination to write a poem about their significance in sale of the vehicle.

In Motor City Run Run, Keegan is transfixed by the different car models whereas in Cult of Personality, he is fascinated by the group of roadside heathens who observe him driving by. Under his quiet, observant gaze, they become symbols of a primitive troupe engrossed in their strange ancient ritual of worshipping.

Travel Mug captures the suddenness of a car crash. In the poem It’s Meant for Show Keegan reminds us that traffic is dangerous for children. In Certificate of Title, Keegan mulls about ordinary things.

In A Space So Delicately Confined, Keegan talks about transitory nature of lovers’ quarrel. Late-night driving on deserted roads can be risky. In Derelict Debacl, the mood of Keegan’s poem is light despite the forbidding notion of robbery at its core. That’s the best thing about Keegan’s debut book in fact; his verses are light and he stays away from any kind of sentimentality or hackneyed expression in his poems. He refuses to lapses into the expected sentimental phrase even occasionally.

You might be the one driving, or the one being driven. You might be the one in love with the feeling of freedom one gets from driving on the open road, the one who hates the confinement of city traffic. Maybe you are a pedestrian on a crowded road struggling to hold your wits. One way or another, you’re going to love Strange Cars in the Night.

It’s an interesting, quirky book of poetry; a good book that is thoughtful, stylish, and consistently engaging.

Definitely recommended!

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