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Last winter, Christiansen, a writing instructor at North Dakota State College of Science, drove U.S. Highway 75 from Moorhead to Breckenridge and then to Wahpeton, a 60-minute commute to teach freshmen how to write.

In those dark, bleak mornings of barren, frozen flatland, he challenged himself and crafted 54 poems: cinquains – a five-line poem that follows the pattern of 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 2-syllables. Those poems are now available in an eBook titled Wolverton Road.

Although these are short poems in a particular form, Christiansen crafted them with prairie images and poetic language. With each word picture, he transports the reader with him on this road that snakes parallel to the Red River. Some of the poems even imply multiple layers of meaning such as his opening poem:

Trees felled
like pencils dropped
across the river ice.
Inkwell currents flow beneath in

Many items along the rural landscape do not escape Christiansen’s poetic eye: farmsteads, yes, but also headlights, an abandoned minivan, twin silos, gravediggers, railroad crossings, yellow traffic signs, and even power lines and hay bales, another favorite of mine:

piled up, sleeping
beneath the quilted snow.
Power lines pop, hum lullabies

Christiansen doesn’t leave the Midwest farmer or reader in the gripping, freezing cold of winter. Spring is evident in a few hints in the poems like in this one:

in John Deere green
straddles the painted line,
kicks up shoulder dust and springtime

If you are a commuter on rural roads, you’ll love this book. If you’ve lived on a farm, you’ll smile and want more. If you are a writer, you’ll find yourself nodding in affirmation, re-reading, and re-living each snapshot.  There’s something for every reader in this eBook Wolverton Road,  available at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Wolverton-Road-ebook/dp/B00CQAEPAS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375621845&sr=8-1&keywords=Wolverton+Road

Wolverton Road


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