Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers’ Favorite
Steven Dale Davison offers readers a collection of his poems in Dancing with the Moon: Poems of the Heart. The poems have been published previously, but some of them have been re-conceptualized. The section labeled “Overture” gives readers the idea that they are reading an opera or play, as the author describes love and connections with imagery and personification. The emotions associated with love are a constant theme throughout the collection, and the poems are grouped into sections. Although he mentions other companions, Davison dedicated the book to his wife, and it appears that most of the pieces relate to her.
The work tells a love story, and the author paints the turbulent states of happiness and challenges with imagery that readers can feel. All of Steven Dale Davison’s pieces appeal to the senses and reflect a largely tranquil viewpoint. Many readers can relate to a brief attraction or a lost connection, but Davison also explores the constant cycle of the moon or the unpredictability of the sea to reveal a steadfast, resilient partnership. The author is sometimes whimsical as he plays with words within the lines, but he writes of rage and sadness with a perspective born from experience. Readers get an intimate view of the author’s thoughts and his main muse as his descriptions provoke deeper thought. Many verses move freely like a soft song lovers hear as they stare into the night sky. The poems grab your attention and hold it until you too are Dancing with the Moon.