by Janet S. Wong
I read through this collection of poems about driving a few times and have discovered several favorites including “Ask a Friend”, “Behind the Wheel”, “Grandmother’s Car”, “Need to Read”, “OOXXOXO”, “Prisoner”, and “Restraint”. “Grandmother’s Car” was really sweet and “OOXXOXO” was a lot of fun to read, but “Restraint” is possibly my favorite. It talks about a poet teaching students to write poetry and I adore the lines about people turning into trees, owls, slugs, and even a hurricane — and then someone uses seatbelts as a metaphor for his parents. Although it’s difficult to read, I think Janet S. Wong’s poem “OK” is especially important as it deals with the very real and dreadful dangers of drunk driving, which could also be applied to distracted driving. While the poems are geared towards young adults, I believe many of them would be relatable for any driver.